Police advice: Keep outbuildings secure

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POLICE in Mid Suffolk are urging people to keep their outbuildings secure after £60,000 worth of items were stolen within the last month.

Between March 29 and April 28, 29 outbuildings, 11 of which were left unlocked or open, were targeted across Mid Suffolk.

Garages, sheds and workshops across the district were broken into with items such as lawn mowers, bicycles, tools and electrical equipment stolen.

Insp Tristan Pepper, from Mid Suffolk Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), said: “As the evenings get lighter and the weather improves, criminals can take advantage of us spending more time outdoors, leaving outbuildings open or not putting away that expensive item.”

Insp Pepper advised people never to leave items of value unattended in gardens or on display in outbuildings. Mesh or bars can be fixed in windows and UV pens or SmartWater can be used to mark items.

Insp Pepper also encourages people to ensure buildings and sheds are locked and that items such as bicycles and ladders are locked up, and smaller items are kept out of sight.

It is also important to keep hedges cut back and ensure fences, gates and walls are in a good condition. Vehicles should be kept in secure garages or parked in open, well-lit areas.

Take pictures of valuable items or register property on the national property database, Immobilise.

“Five garages and sheds were broken into with nothing stolen – for all the break-ins there is the additional cost of repairing the damage as well as replacing anything taken.

“I hope people take note of the simple security measures mentioned and can enjoy the summer without becoming a victim of crime,” added Insp Pepper.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to police on 01473 613500.