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Police offer seasonal crime prevention advice after Shoreham burglary

Discussion in 'Shoreham' started by Kent Police, Apr 15, 2013. Replies: 0 | Views: 1462

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    Close it, lock it, protect it

    Neighbourhood officers in Sevenoaks are reminding residents to protectively mark their garden equipment and invest in a shed alarm.
    The advice comes as officers investigate a report of the theft of 30 petrol chainsaws from a farm in Shoreham. Between 10-11 April, burglars broke into the property and stole the Stihl petrol chainsaws, that are orange and grey in colour.


    As the weather is anticipated to improve and gardeners start using gardening equipment such as lawn mowers or garden furniture, officers are reminding owners to take steps to protect themselves against theft.
    Police advice includes:
    • Always put tools and equipment away - items left outside could be stolen or used to help a thief break in
    • Disable lawn mowers and other large machinery when not in use and chain items together to a solid anchor point
    • Record details of your property (make, model, serial number and identifying marks) and take photographs of items for easy identification
    • Use close shackle padlocks to secure sheds and install shed alarms and security lights
    • Register your valuables on the National Property Database www.immobilise.com
    • Security-mark your property using a UV pen or a forensic marking solution
    • Keep hedges and fences well maintained to stop unwanted visitors entering your garden
    • Close your garden gate and lock it from the inside
    Forensic marking
    Inspector Karen Festing, Neighbourhood Inspector for Swanley explained:
    For further information about how you can protect your home and your property click here. To view downloadable guides on protecting your home, vehicle and property, click here.

    Contact us
    Anyone with any information about the theft of the chainsaws is asked to contact Kent Police on 101, quoting crime reference YY/6727/13. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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