Outbuilding Thefts Warning In Godalming Area

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By PatHill | Tuesday, July 03, 2012, 17:42

Residents around Godalming are being urged to take a fresh look at their outbuilding security following a spate of burglaries in the area.

In the recent offences, sheds and garages in Godalming and Haslemere have been targeted by thieves…mostly in overnight raids.

A garage in Godalming was targeted sometime between Monday, 25 and Tuesday, 26 June when small garden items were taken, including two saws and two hoes.

The most recent burglary in Haslemere happened sometime between 5pm on Friday, 29 June and 11am on Saturday, 30 June when offenders cut off the padlock on a garden shed.  Garden equipment,including a leaf blower and a chain saw, were taken together with tools in a haul which is valued at £2,500.

A lawn mower and chain saw, valued at £200 were stolen sometime between 10.30am on Monday, 25 and 8.30am on Wednesday, 27 June, whilst the Haslemere residents were on holiday.  A furtheroffence in the town saw hedge strimmers taken from a shed sometime between 7pm on Tuesday, 26 June and 10am the following morning.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Griffiths said: "It is particularly important to encourage everyone in the community to do everything they can to secure their property at this timeof year when residents are going on holiday or simply taking advantage of the longer days to go out and about.  Even if you are only popping out for a very short time please remember to lock everything securely and try to put as many anti-crime initiatives into place as possible."

Waverley Safer Neighbourhood Teams are carrying out additional patrols in areas where the burglaries have taken place and have been speaking with residents to offer security advice and information.

Meanwhile Surrey Police has issued the following tips and advice to help residents to take simple steps to deter potential burglars and help keep their property safe:

Sheds, garages and outbuildings

• Use a good quality fixings and a padlock to secure shed and garage doors.

• To prevent a burglar from unscrewing door hinges, use anti-tamper screws or smear hard setting glue on the screw-heads.

• If possible, lock any windows or fit internal bars or grilles.

• Install either a mains-powered or battery-powered shed alarm - available from DIY stores.

Tools and equipment

• Use a forensic coding product to 'property mark' all valuable tools and equipment with your postcode and/or house number. This makes items uniquely identifiable - and less attractiveto a thief.

• If possible, secure lawnmowers and other valuable equipment to a shed or garage wall.

• Lock tools away when you aren't using them.

• Register valuable equipment at www.immobilise.com or photograph items and take a note of make and model and anyserial numbers. This helps with identification if items are stolen.

• If possible, fit a lockable wire-cage for storing expensive items inside your shed.

In the garden

• Lay crunchy gravel on the approach to your house if possible. Thieves hate drawing attention to themselves by making a noise.

• Your wheelie bin could be used as a climbing aid or even as a means of transporting stolen property. Secure it by padlocking it to a wall bracket or drainpipe or position it away fromthe accessible windows.

• Securing the perimeter of your garden will help to protect your property. Plant low hedges or install low, good quality fencing - it will make a potential burglar feel exposed andperhaps think twice.

• A good option is trellised fencing which doesn't obstruct visibility and is difficult to climb over.

Anyone with any information on the recent burglaries in Waverley should call Surrey Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111



  • Profile image for zoejennings1

    I was surprised to get to work yesterday and find the bakery in Godalming had been broken in too! taking not only their safe but completely trashing the place!
    then to notice that my 2 month old bike had also been stolen along with some of the property from the cafe i work in.
    I also find this strange how no one heard a thing with the back of the bakery being surrounded by flats.
    Adding to this there was a power cut between 5.30pm and 10.30pm (24/07/12) giving them total darkness!
    I am amazed at how unhelpful the the police have been on helping me find my bike!

    By zoejennings1 at 11:55 on 26/07/12

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