Cracking down on garden thefts


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Devon and Cornwall Police are urging homeowners to tighten their garden security as they prepare to crack down on garden thefts this summer.

As people spend more time outside, the value of outdoor items continue to rise, with bikes, lawnmowers and garden furniture hot on thieves’ radars.

However, these thefts could be avoided if simple security measures were taken.

Bob Bunney of Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Reduction Lead said: “A good place to begin when securing your shed is to make all access points difficult to reach or use. Make sure you fit strong shackle padlocks to the shed door and mesh to the windows. Installing security lighting around your house will also help deter opportunist thieves.”

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If you’re a victim of a shed theft, call the police on 101 or email

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