He suggests installing motion-detction lighting, trimming bushes and trees in and around the shed and obviously securing the shed with a lock. Hlavach also stresses the importance of writing down serial numbers of items, such as lawn mowers and ATVs so they can be identified if they are recovered.
“If you see someone or something that doesn’t look right, don’t hesitate to call the police,” Hlavach said. “Also, talk to your neighbors if your shed or home was burglarized. Someone else may have had something similar happen to them and they may not have thought to call the police.”
Councillor Christopher Snowling, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Health and Community, said: “Crime prevention measures, such as a using a shed alarm, are an easy way for residents to help us keep crime levels low in our District and will ensure Mid Sussex continues to be one of the safest places in the county to live, work and visit.”
“They would commit vehicle burglaries, storage shed burglaries, then bring all the property to this house, put it in the garage and anyone who wanted could then take the property. It was a free for all, they could take this property to a pawn shop and pawn it,” said Provo Police Sgt. Brandon Post.
The Community Safety Partnership wants to give local people an affordable way to sound the alarm should anyone try to get into their shed. Residents are being offered the chance to purchase shed alarms at a reduced rate of £7.00, which is £11 cheaper than the normal retail price of £18.00. This relatively inexpensive item will help residents to protect their belongings and keep crime levels low in the District. The discounted shed alarms are available to buy from Town Council Help Points in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.
There have been recent thefts of lawn mowers and power equipment out of various sheds in Durham. There is also a group of solicitors from a company called Powerhouse Construction without a permit. We are not sure if this group is related to the thefts, however, if this group solicits at your door; please call 911 so that the CT State Police can investigate. Residents are reminded to keep their sheds and garages locked at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.