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Norfolk Constabulary: Shed security

1 October 2015

Officers in South Norfolk are reminding residents to keep their property locked up after a number of burglaries from sheds and garages in the Costessey and Hingham areas recently.

Five garages in Townhouse Road, Costessey have been broken into sometime between Monday 14 September and Monday 21 September where a number of tools including drills, saws and nail guns were stolen.

Police are also investigating a shed which was broken into in West End in Costessey sometime between 5pm on Monday 28 September and 10.30am on Tuesday 30 September.

Suspect(s) have forced access and stolen around 2,000 worth of tools including two strimmers, two hedge cutters, a chainsaw and a leaf blower.

Officers are advising homewners of simple crime prevention measures as sheds and insecure outdoor buildings are often targets to opportunistic thieves.


  • Fit good quality locks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door, alternatively use a shed bar to increase security
  • Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
  • Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside
  • If your storage area is under your surveillance or within earshot, fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed or use a shed alarm, which sounds if the shed door is forced open.


  • Store high value items in the home
  • Use padlock & chain to secure item such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together
  • Fit curtains or blinds to windows to obdcsure contents
  • Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details & serial numbers with photographs if possible.

Safer Neighbourhood Teams also hold regular property marking events where property owners can make items less desirable to thieves by making them easier to trace if they are stolen.

Chief Inspector Mike Britton, Local Policing Commander for South Norfolk, said: “I would strongly urge anyone leaving any items of value in sheds or garages to get their property marked, whether it s electronically or through DNA technology, which involves microdots with unique reference numbers which link to your house and can be detected using a UV light.

“Our security marking events are free to attend and I would advise shed owners, and in fact all property owners, to keep an eye out for when their next local event is so that they can come along.

For further crime prevention advice, and for more information about local security marking events, visit www.norfolk.police.uk1.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who has information about these incidents and urge residents to report any suspicious people, vehicles, particularly a silver estate car, or activity in their community.

They should contact Norfolk Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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