Police warn people in Tarleton & Banks to ‘lock it or lose it.’

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Police warn people in Tarleton & Banks to ‘lock it or lose it.’           

Police in West Lancashire are warning both businesses and residents to be more vigilant and lock up their sheds and garages or risk losing their valuables.

After the festive period many people have been given expensive items, such as bikes, as presents, which are then kept in unlocked sheds and garages. Leaving your property unlocked makes them an easy target for thieves.

Inspector John Entwisle says: “Police are doing all they can to prevent such offences taking place and to bring offenders to justice, but property owners should help themselves by ensuring they leave their sheds and garages secure and make it as hard as possible for criminals to target them.

“People lock up their homes, but don’t think twice about protecting their sheds or garages, so it’s important people take reasonable precautions. It could save you a lot of upset and expense in replacing your items because if you don’t take these crime prevention steps you may be unable to claim on your insurance.”

Read the tips below for advice on looking after your property.

Your shed, garage or outbuilding

  • Make sure all outbuildings are in good condition and if they aren’t, don’t leave valuable items inside.
  • Use good quality padlocks with covers so they cannot be easily cut off.
  • Never leave tools or ladders lying around the garden.
  • Make sure the side gate and shed are locked and keep boundary fences, walls and gates in good repair.
  • Take photographs of valuable property because if the police recover it after a burglary, this will be proof that they are yours.
  • Mark valuable property with your name or address. If your property is ever stolen, it makes it more difficult to sell on and easier for the police to trace your belongings back to you if found.
  • You can also register your property at www.immobilise.com


For crime prevention advice visit the Lancashire Constabulary website, follow this link: http://www.lancashire.p.uk/help-and-advice/crime-precention/general-crime-prevention

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