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Warning after a dozen break-ins to sheds and garages in Woking

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Warning after a dozen break-ins to sheds and garages in Woking

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:53pm 16th June 2020.

People living in Woking are being urged to be vigilant after a series of break-ins to sheds and garages.

Surrey Police say there have been 12 in the town since May.

Properties around the Knaphill and Goldsworth Park areas have been targeted, with items including bikes stolen.

Woking Borough Commander, Inspector David Bentley said:

“Even though we are spending more time at home due to COVID-19, outbuildings such as sheds are still a target for opportunistic thieves.

“Please make sure your sheds and garages are secured with good padlocks and items inside should be padlocked or fixed to a secure point.

“A few minutes spent improving your shed’s security could deter thieves and stop you from falling victim to burglary.”

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Officers are asking residents to permanently mark the valuable contents of their shed with their name, postcode and house number or by using a DNA property marking system.

They say this can deter thieves by making items less easy to dispose of and identifiable for an owner if recovered.

Inspector Bentley added:

“I’d also urge anyone who has had items stolen from a shed or garage to make sure that they report this, or any suspicious activity in their road, to us.

“This will enable the neighbourhood policing team to build a comprehensive picture of what is happening in the area.”

The force has issued crime prevention advice on their website.

To report a break-in to your shed or garage call 101 - in an emergency or if a crime is in progress always dial 999.