Recent Police reports received have highlighted a slight increase in outbuilding and shed being broken into in rural areas around Bassingbourn Village.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to take this opportunity to offer some security advice to assist residents in keeping their personal items safe and secure were possible;
Garages and shed are often full of expensive tools, which are ideal for breaking into your homes.
Never leave any outbuildings unlocked, especially if it is a connecting door to the home, whereby a burglar can get in and not be seen.
Fit additional strong locks/ padlocks and make sure doors are strong enough not to be kicked in. ensure any ladders are locked away and not left lying around or down the side of the main home. Ensure brackets are internal and not exposed bolts or screws that can easily be undone. Consider use of a steel box fitted to the floor of to secure larger tools.
Side gates and excess points are locked and secured.
Boundaries of your property have strong fences or plant some thorny hedges to the front, (but don’t let them grow too high 1-1.5mtr in height) so passers-by can see the front of your home but not inside your property.
Alarms are useful and more residents seem to be installing these alongside CCTV cameras, most new ones can be viewed on your mobile devices.
Plus look at your local Neighbourhood watch scheme’s which you can find through your local parish council or on line at www.neighbourhoodwatch.uk.com
Stay safe and keep you items secure
Regards South Cambs safer Neighbourhood Policing Team