Police are urging residents in South Norfolk to be vigilant after an increase of fuel thefts and garage and shed burglaries in the county.
Pc Jim Squires has the following advice: “It is not unusual for us to see an increase in this type of crime at this time of year; however, I would strongly urge residents to take simple measures to prevent them from becoming victims.
“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage and keep items of value locked away.
“If you do leave items of value in sheds or garages then you should mark your property, this can simply be done by using coloured spray paint. It makes it harder for thieves to sell tools on, don’t leave any items out in the garden put them away. “
With regards to fuel tanks, check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.
Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult. Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.
If you are going out consider leaving a radio on or if you are going to be home late, leave a light on so it would appear someone is home as it starts to get dark.
Pc Jim Squires added: “Security measures are just the start – we also need communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you spot something unusual at a friend, neighbour or relative’s house, or at a nearby business premises, call police on 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress.”
For further crime prevention advice visit www.norfolk.police.uk.