Did you see anything: Shed and Garage Burglaries in the Crosskeys area

We are appealing for information following a spate of burglaries in the Crosskeys area.

During the early hours of Wednesday 3rd July 2019 between around 5.45am and 7.15am, 7 garages and sheds in the Cobden Place and Cobden Street area of Cross Keys were broken into. Items including fishing equipment and tools were taken to the value of over £2,000. A number of garages and sheds were also damaged during the incidents.

Following initial enquiries, there are thought to be two male offenders. The first man was wearing a dark hooded top with white stripes down the sleeves and the second man was wearing all black clothing.

Officers are investigating and are appealing for information from anyone who can help. They would be particularly interested in hearing from 3 men who were seen walking at separate times in the area, around the time the incidents are thought to have taken place.  

Two of the potential witnesses were seen walking their dogs and the third man was seen walking carrying a shoulder bag. If this was you, please be reassured that you’re not in any trouble, but you could potentially hold vital information that may help this investigation.  

If you do have any information that could help with these incidents, please call 101 quoting Log 63 3/7/19. Alternatively, you can send a direct message to our Gwent Police Facebook and Twitter social media pages.

We’d also like to remind all residents to take extra security precautions and to check the security of their sheds and garages. Here’s our advice;

Think like a thief

Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And importantly, keep it locked at all times.

Alarm it

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

Lock it, hide it or mark it

Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain. Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage.

It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.

Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around, even just for a short period of time.

Property marking your items is also advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option and you can register some items on the Immobilise website for free.