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Police Issue Garden Security Warning
Monday 20th June, 2011

Residents across Wigan borough are being urged to lock their sheds and garages.

Burglars can use gardening tools to break into homes, so police are urging people to ensure they are locked away.

Crime Reduction Adviser Wendy O’Neil said: "Many people forget to secure their shed or garage, but they often contain hundreds of pounds worth of equipment, and if they are insecure then offenders don’t even need to break into your house to steal valuables.”

Police recommend that residents install shed alarms and security lights at relatively low cost and security mark their garden tools, bikes and other valuables clearly with a bold marker pen, including postcodes and house numbers.

Items should be chained together using a high-security chain or cable and a good quality padlock, and the chain should be securely fastened to the wall or floor.

For even greater peace of mind, residents can register valuable items on www.immobilise.com, free of charge, so if they are stolen and later recovered they can easily be identified and returned.

Wendy O’Neil added: "If you add up the cost of all the equipment stored in your shed or garage, it would probably be a substantial amount. I would advise householders to think about security now, before it's too late.”

For non-emergency calls or to report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/wigan

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Use 999 only in emergencies where there is a threat to life or crime in progress.

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