In general you will note the repetitions in break in’s to sheds, garages and outbuildings.
Wooden sheds seem to be the most vulnerable and are very popular targets for thieves as they often contain quite high value items, especially bicycles, power tools and lawn mowers. It is not that difficult to improve security of outbuildings and of items within them.
It may be obvious but, secure the door. If you can keep a thief outside the shed, you've done your job and all internal security is just there as a backup. Securing the door with a good hasp & staple and a good quality padlock is a good start, but these must be fitted properly and it is just as important to secure the hinges!
Use a proper anchor inside the shed. Wooden sheds are vulnerable as a determined thief can often simply kick his way through the wall or even break in through the roof.
Securing the items inside is therefore crucial and an anchor of one kind or another is the foundation for everything else.
Wooden sheds are often awkward as they are commonly resting on soil with just a wooden floor and no solid walls etc., available. One option is to cut a hole in the floor and to lay some fresh concrete and then fit a conventional ground anchor. This can give the best security, but it can be expensive or time-consuming to achieve, and can still result in an anchor that is awkward to use for securing equipment.
The Shed Shackle can give an effective anchor that is still easy to fit in a wooden or metal shed, or a Ground Anchor can give a higher level of deterrent if you have concrete or brickwork available or don't mind the extra effort of laying fresh concrete.
Use a good quality chain and lock and use them properly. It is important to choose the appropriate type of chain and lock to suit the value of the item(s) to be secured.
You may also consider a shed alarm.
There a several battery-powered shed alarms available from DIY stores and these offer a valuable additional deterrent. Their fundamental weakness, however, is that the thief is already inside the shed when the alarm goes off. The surprise might be enough to make them leave empty-handed, but many times alarms go ignored and if you have valuables that are not physically secured there is a good chance he will take something with him. Using a Shed Shackle will surely increase the time required and the thief's risk of being caught.
pp Inspector Dan Gutierrez
Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector
I would encourage you to report any suspicious or unusual activity at your property via the non-emergency number on 101 or via the Surrey Police website. A vehicle of persons entering your farm and then seemingly leaving when you have noticed them may not seem significant; but your report could place them in the area at the time and be of use if an incident has taken place elsewhere locally. Any reports of unusual or suspicious activity help us to build a picture of your local area.
Should you require further information on crime prevention matters then please contact our Crime Reduction Adviser, Mr Mark Howells via firstname.lastname@example.org or 101 ext: 37044
Incidents of note in Tandridge
Reported rural crimes across Tandridge
Godstone Road, Lingfield – Sometime between 10:00pm and 10:30pm on 24/01/18 offender(s) have smashed the front window of a property by unknown means (Ref: 45180009195)
St Piers Lane, Dormansland – Sometime between 2:00pm on 24/01 & 6:45am on 25/01/18 offender(s) have forced entry to a transport container. At present it is not known what has been stolen (Ref: 45180009176)
Cogmans Lane, Smallfield – At 4:35pm on 24/01/18 intruder alarm was activated, on arrival it was found that offender(s) had forced entry via patio doors and stolen a boxed TV from an upstairs bedroom (Ref: 45180009059)
Southfield Road, Woldingham – Sometime between 11:00am and 6:17pm on 24/01/18 offender(s) have forced entry via a rear window. They have carried out an untidy search and stolen electronics and jewellery (Ref: 45180009051)
Keepers Corner, Burstow – Sometime between 12:00pm on 21/01 & 12:30pm on 22/01/18 offender(s) have stolen part of a trailer whilst parked on a friends land (Ref: 45180008090)
Bletchingley Road, Godstone – Sometime between 9:00pm on 20/01 & 11:00am on 21/01/18 offender(s) have forced entry via a window to a shed and stolen a Mountfield Honda lawnmower (Ref: 45180007741)
Rookery Hill, Outwood – Sometime between 10:00am on 18/01 & 9:15am on 21/01/18 offender(s) have stolen two metal gates from the side entrance of the property (Ref: 45180007734)
Antlands Lane, Shipley Bridge – Sometime between 4:30pm on 19/01 & 7:45am on 20/01/18 offender(s) have stolen a vehicle stolen from local garage and has been driven to the location, causing damage to a gate and foot-golf green (Ref: 45180007469)
Blacklands Meadows, Nutfield – In the early hours of 20/01/18 two male offenders have broken into a shed but were disturbed in the process, no items stolen (Ref: 45180007348). However, they are possibly responsible for damage to vehicle when running from scene (Ref: 45180007349)
Goatsfield Road, Tatsfield – Sometime between 0:16am & 5:00am on 18/01/18 offender(s) have set fire to a mini digger located in victim’s rear garden (Ref: 45180006545)
Broadham Green Road, Oxted – Between 9:58am & 2:45pm on 17/01/18 offender(s) have forced entry via a rear window, there are no signs of a search being carried out (Ref: 45180006373)
Butlers Dene Road, Woldingham – Between 10:00am & 10:30am on 17/01/18 a male offender was seen in the garden of a property. The offender was dressed as a motorcyclist wearing a black crash helmet, black leathers and carrying a claw hammer with a yellow plastic handle. The offender made off on a Red “Triumph” motorcycle with a passenger wearing dayglow clothing and had long hair. Damaged had been caused to a window of the property (Ref: 45180006249)
Green Lane, Shipley Bridge – Around 6:00am on 15/01/18 informant reported that offender had gained entry to their property via a back window and had stolen a Rolex watches (Ref: 45180005424)
Green Lane, Shipley Bridge – Around 6:00am on 15/01/18 informant could hear noises from downstairs, on investigation they found a window smashed where offender(s) had tried to gain entry (Ref: 45180005339)
Church Lane, Oxted – Sometime between 11:15am & 11:30am on 14/01/18 during half time of a football match informant has been sworn at by one of players. This matter is now in the hands of Surrey Football Association (Ref: 45180005127)
Swissland Hill, Dormans Park – Sometime between 9:50pm & 10:00pm on 13/01/18 offender(s) have gained entry through an unlocked back door and have stolen four or five handbags from the kitchen area whilst residents were having a dinner party with friends in the next room (Ref: 45180005023)
Reported environmental issues in rural Tandridge
Roffes Lane, Caterham Hill – Informant while out horse riding reported that an amount of Cannabis plants, mainly leaves and branches as opposed to full size plants had been dumped in the lane. This information would normally be passed to the Council for collection but as it was Sunday local Police made the collection (Ref: P18010769)
If you have any information to assist with the investigation of these crimes please contact Surrey Police by telephone on 101 quoting the crime reference number
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Horse Watch, Farm Watch & SUSSEX – POLICE REPORTS
Again, the biggest crime this week is theft of power tools, in most cases from outbuildings. Please consider fitting alarm systems where you have this type of equipment stored.
Over the past week there have been a number of reports of works vehicles being broken into overnight and tools being stolen. Where possible all vehicles should be emptied before being parked up for the night. Alternatively, consider backing vans up against brick walls or block any side doors with other vehicles to restrict entry.
Crimestoppers Do you know somebody who is carrying out criminal activity but fear the consequences of being identified as the person who reported them? Maybe you've seen or heard something about a crime but don't know what to do. Are you scared to come forward and be a witness?
If you feel like this, it's easy to think there is nothing you can do, but there is. Crimestoppers is there to support you. Tell them what you know, either by phone on 0800 555 111 or on the anonymous online form and nobody will ever find out who you are https://crimestoppers-uk.org
We are asking everyone to be extra vigilant and to call us on 101 if you see anyone or any vehicle acting suspiciously. If you have any information on this report then please call 101 ref 451400104260 or you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you have to contact us about a non-urgent matter or to provide information on non-urgent suspicious matters or unusual behaviour you have observed which may be useful intelligence for us at a future date please email: Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Teamtandridge@surrey.pnn.police.uk
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