Keep out the garden thieves

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OFFICERS are shedding some light on outdoor security to stop thieves in their tracks.

Police are reminding green-fingered Wearsiders to be on their guard against light-fingered thieves, as a crackdown on burglary continues.

Sandra Killeen, Northumbria Police crime prevention advisor, said: “Spring is a time when people start to get their tools, garden furniture and bikes out.

“With this in mind, I’d ask that people start to think now about shed security.

“A little time and money spent on security measures can save huge inconvenience if items are stolen.

“Tools can also be used by thieves to gain access to homes and vehicles.”

She added: “People can prevent garden intruders by installing strong fences or gates, and growing thorny hedges around the boundary of the property.”

Residents are also being reminded to fit good quality locks to gates and install external lighting.

Sheds should also have security locks, padlocks and chains.

People can also register their property by visiting www.immobilise.com.