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Community Forums, Broseley and Much Wenlock

  • Incident number: Security Advice
  • Date: 25/01/2019
  • Sender: PCSO 6421 Mal Goddard
  • Business area name: Broseley and Much Wenlock

Spring will soon be with us and we will see the days getting longer. Traditionally the Police see an increase in reports of burglaries from shed and outbuildings at this time of year, with power tools, garden tools, bicycles and other items being stolen.

Here are a few tips to help you secure your property; Gates, fences and walls should be kept in good repair to stop intruders getting in. Grow prickly plants close to vulnerable areas such as windows, fences, boundary walls and drainpipes. Don't leave expensive equipment like garden tools, mowers, mountain bikes and power tools in the shed if you have a more secure area in which to store them.

Depending on the value of the items you are protecting, you could consider lighting and CCTV, or even a burglar alarm. There is plenty of advice on our website, and also on the internet.

If you have nowhere else to store valuable equipment, take measures to secure your shed. Don't leave ladders and tools lying around in your garden - these could be used to break into your home. Mark your garden tools and equipment with your postcode. If the thief tries your back gate or shed and can't get in quickly, they may move on to easier pickings elsewhere.

You can download the west Mercia Police 'Nip Garden Crime in the Bud' leaflet from our website, https://www.westmercia.police.uk/media/2106/Garden-Crime-leaflet/pdf/Garden_Crime_leaflet-cropped.pdf  , which is packed with more detailed practical advice on how to boost your outdoor security and protect your valuables.

Ant-social behaviour can see an increase as the days become longer; if you become a victim of anti social behaviour please ring 101 with the details of the problem. We may not always be able to send officers to speak to you as there may be other incidents occurring that take priority. But if you don't make the report, the Officers in the Safer Neighbourhood Team won't know the anti-social behaviour has taken place and can't try and tackle the problem by targeting any areas affected.

If you are a Twitter user, why not follow your Safer Neighbourhood Team www.twitter.com/WenlockCops , you can find out a lot more about the team. In addition, from the West Mercia website you can sign up to a number of news and crime alerts to keep you informed of what is happening in the area.

You can also keep upto date with issues in the local area by checking our Safer Neighbourhood Team media pages. https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/2143/Broseley-and-Much-Wenlock  

West Mercia Police offer a Community Message Service that provides email alerts regarding crime, anti-social behaviour and community information. You can sign up to this service at this link https://www.westmercia.police.uk/cms  

For any help or assistance from your Safer Neighbourhood Team, please contact us on 101, asking for extension 5310, or email snt.bmw@westmercia.pnn.police.uk  

If you want to pass any information anonymously you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 or use their online reporting form https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/pre-form

PCSO 6421 Mal Goddard