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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Police warn Cumbria residents to lock up sheds and garages

Cumbria Police are warning rural residents to lock up their sheds and garages ahead of the seasonal rise.

Officers in West Cumbria are appealing for those in rural areas to lock up their sheds and garages as part of the force’s acquisitive crime campaign.

The West Cumbria Community Safety Partnership has been working with Policing Teams to draw the attention to shed, garage and workshop owners to the seasonal rise in criminal attacks on these type of buildings, many of which are often left standing with doors open during the day.

This creates opportunities for crime either at the time or by showing thieves what they can come back for later.

Inspector Dennis Kelly of Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team, who is the chair of the Burglary Group, said: "Please don't leave your valuable tools, cycles and equipment on show for passing criminals. Keep sheds, garages and workshops closed and locked whenever they are unattended.

“These very simple measures make it hard for thieves and significantly reduce opportunities for crime."

Inspector Mark Wear of Copeland Neighbourhood Policing Team has been leading on an operation to reduce these types of thefts in the more rural areas of Copeland.

He said: "We would like more people to use forensic coding property marking such as Smartwater, which is a proven effective deterrent to theft.

“We would appeal to farmers who aren't already part of the Farmwatch Scheme to seriously consider Farmwatch and the associated Smartwater Scheme.

“Details can be obtained from your local Police Community Support Officer or the Cumbria Police web site.”

West Cumbria crime prevention officer David Thompson said: "If you are going to keep expensive equipment or cycles in any sort of outbuilding it is important that the building, doors and locks are all fit for purpose.

“There isn't much point in fitting good locks if the door or frame are not in sound condition. When buying locks, hasps, security chains or ground anchors, look for those with ‘Sold Secure’ accreditation.”

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