Police warn sheds not safe as houses

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Police in Angus are appealing for information and urging homeowners to take precautions following thefts from outbuildings last week.

Some time between 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, and 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday January 22, a shed was broken into at Howard Street, Arbroath, and a yellow Giant 10 speed mountain bike was stolen.

A storage unit at the rear of Old Mill Place, Friockheim, was targeted between 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, and 7.10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, when a Flymo and a silver garden fork were stolen.

Sergeant Fergus Storrier, Community Policing Angus, said: “Good quality locks and hinges should be used to secure your sheds, outbuildings and garages. All external fixings for sheds should be secured with non-returnable screws or carriage bolts. There are also a number of items available for garage doors to prevent easy entry. Consider close shackled padlocks and using them in conjunction with a mortice lock.

“Those items stored within your shed or garage can be secured by running a steel cable through the equipment and secured to the framework with a close shackled padlock. Larger items, in particular motor cycles, can use things like anchor points with heavy duty chains and close shackled or security padlocks. Mark your property by engraving, etching or tagging or even using an ultraviolet pen with your postcode and house number.

“If you have an intruder alarm system you may be able to incorporate the shed or lock-up garage with that system. There are also inexpensive shed alarms available on the market.”

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland, Tayside Division on 101, or any officer. Information can be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.