A BEAT bobby has taken a starring role in a short film showing how to lock out shed thieves.
Pc Kevin Foggin, Farringdon Neighbourhood Beat manager, has stepped in front of the camera to show residents how to protect their property by fitting a shed alarm.
It is hoped that the move will help curb the rise in thieves who strike when spring starts.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Colin Stephenson said: “Shed burglaries do rise at this time of year.
“We know a lot of people are taking crime prevention measures to stop thieves, but we want everyone to take steps to secure their property.
“This video is another way of getting the message across to as many people as possible.
“I hope people take advantage of the advice on offer so they don’t become a victim of crime.”
Shed alarms enable people to add a code to set and deactivate the alarm.
The device is triggered by sudden movement and lets out a high-pitched alarm if the code isn’t entered.
Wearsiders living in the area are being given the chance to pick up a free alarm, funded by the Local Multi-Agency Problem Solving Initiative, by visiting Farringdon police station.
The alarms come with a sign stating the shed is alarmed to warn off potential thieves.
Sgt Stephenson added: “People can either pop into Farringdon police station or speak to their local officers or community support officers to request a shed alarm, which will be given out on a first come first served basis.
“If you’re unable to get an alarm, there are still lots of preventative measures that can be taken, such as using a good quality padlock and making sure the shed is always locked.
“Any valuables stored inside should be secured to each other or the shed fabric and marked with a postcode and house number.
“Bikes in particular need additional security locks and chains within the garage or shed.
“By working together, we can keep shed burglars at bay and continue to cut crime across Sunderland.”
Stuart Douglass, lead policy officer for community safety at Sunderland City Council, added: “Through the Safer Sunderland Partnership, the city council works very closely with its crime prevention partners at Northumbria Police.
“Simple crime prevention measures such as using shed alarms are an easy way for residents to help keep their property safe and reduce the risks of garden and allotment shed break-ins.
“The advice from Northumbria Police is very timely as the daylight hours become longer.”
The film will be uploaded to Northumbria Police’s YouTube channel and can be accessed online at www.sunderlandecho.com