Be vigilant following shed break-ins in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire officers are advising residents to be vigilant and ensure their garages and sheds are secure following recent break-ins.

We are investigating three break-ins of sheds and garages in the Monmouthshire area which took place last week.

A shed was broken into in Llanover between June 8 and 9. A green Webb WEMC26 strimmer and hedge trimmer were stolen along with an Apollo Gradient mountain bike.

A garage was broken into in Mahmilad area on June 9. No items were reported to have been taken.

A shed was broken into in Nantyderry, Goytre, on June 8. A welder and a chainsaw were taken.

If you see anything suspicious please report it to us on 101.

Check the security of your shed, garages or outbuilding.

Here’s our advice:

Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It is worth having a good quality padlock which cannot be easily cut off with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. Windows could be vulnerable unless secured with wire mesh or grills. Always keep it locked.

Alarm it:

Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low-key but they respond to movement or door contact with a loud siren.

Lock it, hide it, mark it:

Do not give others the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box, alternatively; secure them with a chain. Secure bicycles to the ground or a lockable stand, within the locked shed or garage.

It may be stating the obvious, but never leave your garage or shed unlocked if you are not around.

It is advisable to property mark items, some tools can be painted with your name of postcode.