We have seen an increase in non-dwelling burglaries in rural areas in the last few weeks. This includes garage breaks, shed breaks, stables and outbuildings.
You can make it harder for burglars by taking some simple precautions:
*Do not leave valuables in insecure outbuildings, particularly overnight. Fit outbuildings with sturdy doors and locks where possible.
*Do not leave tools outside; they could be used to break in to your property.
*Make sure garage doors are kept locked and secure. Consider ground locks for the doors, and ground anchors to secure bikes etc.
*Keep records of serial numbers, photograph your valuables, and mark your property using a property marking kit.
*If you have horse tack, get it marked with your postcode with a leather punching kit. We will be running periodic tack-marking events so keep a look out on our events section.
*If possible, install security lighting, cameras or alarm systems.
*If you have gates, keep them shut whenever possible and ideally keep them locked, particularly overnight.
*Register off-road vehicles with the DVLA for free. See www.gov.uk/vehicle-registration. Think about fitting trackers to high value vehicles.
*Cut back vegetation that might shield a burglar from view, and remove items that a burglar could use to climb over walls and fences, eg. piles of pallets, recycling bins etc.
*Trailers and horse boxes could be stolen and used to transport other items, so keep them locked away or use a hitch-lock.
*Alert police if you see people who seem out of place or behaving suspiciously, such as vans loitering by your yard or vehicles idling outside of properties after dark. Keep notes of vehicle registrations if you can, but don’t put yourself at risk to take them.
If you would like to sign up to out Farm Watch or Horse Watch schemes please get in touch.