Theft from garage
Dunkirk Drive, Whitby
A report has been received this morning, Saturday 27th June, of the theft of a push bike from a residential garage in Dunkirk Drive.
The garage was entered by unknown means at some point between 1am and 8am this morning. A black Big G500 Media mountain bike was taken.
If you have any CCTV, or dash cameras please can they be checked for anything of relevance.
If so please get in touch, either by....
Or you can reply direct to me through Cheshire Police Alert
Please quote - IML 740724 in any response
Here are a few practical precautions to help keep your belongings safe:
1. Never leave your garage or shed unlocked. Ensure they are secured with a strong padlock. Consider using window locks where appropriate.
2. Doors should be solid and in a good state of repair so that they are not easy to force.
3. DIY stores stock locks that have a grading system on them. Try to ensure that the lock you are using is fit for purpose for securing your shed/outbuilding.
4. Consider the use of a shed or garage alarm, particularly if your shed or garage contains a high number of valuable items.
5. Remember that sheds are not ideally designed for safe storage.
6. Property mark valuable items using a recognised system such as UV pens or DNA liquid. It is also worthwhile to take photographs and serial numbers of valuable items for insurance purposes.
7. Installing light sensors in the garden which are activated by someone setting it off who may be wandering about at night. This can also put other neighbours on alert if they see the light on.
8. Finally, consider the area around your shed and garage. Would it benefit from some well-placed rose or holly bushes in key positions, such as under windows or around doors? Could a gravel path or equally noisy surface be laid so that any potential offenders create a noise approaching the area? Most importantly, is your garden perimeter secure with no weak spots in hedges and fences and no items such as bins easily available for use as stepping stones over the fence? Remember that once a burglar has entered a garden they have more of an opportunity to operate unseen.