Officers from North Flintshire Police have issued a warning to residents to keep homes and sheds secure following a spate of burglaries in the past few days.
There have been reports of burglaries in Connah’s Quay, Sealand , Flint and Holywell.
A spokesperson for North Flintshire Police said:
“Please keep your home and sheds secure. Lock windows and doors & when out. There have been burglaries in the Holway Holywell, Earl Street Flint and Connah’s Quay and Sealand in the last few days.
Keep an eye out for your neighbour’s property and report suspicious activity.”
Here are some tips for shed safety from OWL – Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch:
· Invest in a quality padlock – cheap ones can be easy to break—ALARMED padlocks are available from OWL Cymru that omit a loud alarm if interfered with—From as little as £12.50. Contact us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
· Change the screws in the shed door hinges and hasps to round head bolts that are fastened from the inside – this stops burglars just unscrewing them and lifting the door off.
· Think about installing a battery-powered intruder alarm – if someone does break in then the noise may scare them off before they take anything. Battery powered shed alarms are available from OWL Cymru. Contact us for more information email@example.com
· Display warning signs that the building is alarmed and covered by CCTV, to act as a deterrent. These are available from OWL Cymru
· Consider whether you need windows in your shed (or garage) – boarding them up makes it harder for burglars to know if there’s anything worth stealing inside
· Secure bicycles to the ground or a wall if possible, so they can’t just be lifted up and carried away
Check that your home insurance covers your garage and shed
Visit the Community Beat Shop at Daniel Owen Centre in Mold between 11am—2pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 10am-2pm Wednesdays and Saturdays to view the full range of shed security.
Visit the OWL website https://www.owlprotectcymru.org/gardenandoutdoor
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