Police in Tonypandy are warning residents to step up security on their sheds and garages

Police in Tonypandy are warning residents to step up security on their sheds and garages after a series of break-ins. The advice comes after a number of burglaries in the area over the past 2 weeks.

We have experienced a number of break-ins from garages and garden sheds with high value items such as bikes and power tools being stolen along with other garden items. We are appealing to residents to check the security of their property and consider marking their property.

We would urge all residents to ensure that garages and sheds are kept secure and that they have decent locks to help prevent thieves obtaining access. It is also important that residents ensure that side gates are kept locked to help deter thieves. We are advising residents to consider marking property as this will make it easier for us to identify you as the owner if we recover stolen property.

Anyone who is offered tools and bikes in suspicious circumstances, or if you spot anything suspicious, please call us on 101. People sometimes feel that they don’t want to bother us, but if something doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t so we would encourage people to call us and report it.

Emma Davies, Crime Reduction Advisor also offered up some crime prevention measures: “Put all tools away and fit a good quality lock on the shed door. If possible make sure the door, and door frame, of any shed is solid and replace any damaged or rotten areas. This will help with making the door strong enough to resist being kicked or pushed in.

“Other options to consider are to fit key-operated window locks on opening windows, or screw them permanently shut from the inside if they aren’t used, and consider fitting a battery operated shed alarm. Shed alarms are a cheap and effective option in raising awareness that someone is attempting to break into your shed.”

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