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Safer Neighbourhood Team Community Message - Outbuilding security and reporting anti-social behaviour.

Advice for outbuilding security and reporting anti-social behaviour.

Spring is with us and we will see the days getting longer. Traditionally the Police see an increase in reports of burglaries from sheds 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, , 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 , you can find out a lot more about the team.

You can also keep up to date with issues in the local area by checking our Safer Neighbourhood Team media pages.

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

For any help or assistance from your Safer Neighbourhood Team, please contact us on 101, asking for extension 5310, or email

If you want to pass any information anonymously you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 or use their online reporting form

You can email the Safer Neighbourhood Team at , but be aware that this email address should not be used to report an incident that requires an urgent Police answer as it is not monitored 24 hours a day.

Please follow us on Twitter:  @LudlowCops for updates to this story and others for the area.


Published 13/03/19