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  • Police ask residents to review outbuilding security after a spate of shed break-ins

    Henry James

    THE West Lancashire Neighbourhood Policing Team are urging residents to review their security arrangement following a spate of shed and garage break-ins in the Digmoor area of Skelmersdale.

    Posting on the force's social media site, a spokesperson for Skelmersdale Police commented: “Garages and sheds are often full of expensive tools to steal or use to break into the house. Do not leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.”

    And officers have issued the following crime prevention advice:

    Fit strong padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors.

    Make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.

    Fit locks or bars to windows.

    Lock ladders inside your garage or shed.

    Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools and equipment.

    Garden tools and machinery should be permanently marked with your postcode.

    Install a battery or mains-powered shed alarm, available from all good DIY stores at a reasonable price.

    For extra security, replace the screws in external hinges of your shed or garage side-door with 'clutch-head' screws (also known as 'anti-tamper' ).

    Secure your wheelie bin to stop an intruder using it to climb on.

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