Shed and garage security road show comes to Thornbury

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By Trucks79 | Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 16:59

Police in Thornbury are warning residents that thieves are targeting sheds and garages in the town as well as neighbouring villages.

Across South Gloucestershire the number of homes burgled has fallen by just under 19 per cent comparing 2011-12 with the last financial year. However

thieves have turned their attention to outbuildings, with 132 more non-domestic burglaries reported over the same period – an increase of 10 per cent.

Neighbourhood PC Natalie Draper said: "As well as carrying out high-visibility uniformed patrols in crime hotspots and targeting known offenders, we want to make sure local people know what they can do to deter thieves."

Police have now teamed up with Lee's Mend-a-Shoe in Thornbury to hold an event in the St Mary Centre on Thursday May 31 2012 between 11am and 2pm.

The road show will feature a special police exhibition shed fitted out to show security products in use, as well as information leaflets and the chance to talk to officers for specific advice.

PC Draper said: "We're very grateful to the St Mary Centre for allowing us to hold this event. One of the best things you can do is fit a low-cost 'shed alarm' which will alert you to anyone trying to break into your outbuildings.

Lee's Mend-a-Shoe will be at our event to demonstrate how easy they are to fit.

"Alarms are important because the break-ins mostly happen at night and people don't realise until they need something from their shed. We need people to call us immediately if they spot anyone behaving suspiciously or hear alarms sounding and see security lights coming on repeatedly."

If you are unable to come along on the day, you can get advice from the neighbourhood team by calling 101 or visiting

Police recommend:

• Fitting an inexpensive shed or garage alarm, available in Thornbury from

Lee's Mend-a-Shoe (Avon and Somerset Police do not endorse any product or service)

• Making sure fences and gates are sturdy

• Using 'Sold Secure' locks on sheds, garages and gates

• Fitting a secure anchor point within the shed/garage and chaining bikes and other valuables to it with a 'Sold Secure' chain or 'D' lock

• Recording the serial number of bikes and other items at

• Marking property with your postcode

• Visiting and for advice on cycle security


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