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Spring 'shed-ucation'

Ron Hogg with sheds poster

Image of PCC Ron Hogg with poster

DIY stores across County Durham and Darlington are joining forces with the police to help people keep their sheds and gardens safe.

The campaign, which is uses the strapline ‘shed-ucate’ to get the messages across, has been launched in a bid to prevent people becoming a victim of the seasonal rise in shed and garden related crime.

Durham City Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Coxon said: “We know that as the seasons change, certain crimes increase. We are asking people to take a little bit of guidance from us so they can do their bit to avoid being targeted.

“Many thefts from gardens happen because property hasn’t been secured. It’s ideal that the DIY stores have come on board to help us spread these crime prevention messages. Members of the public can take some advice from our staff and officers in store.

“We’ve produced some handy leaflets with reminders for people on how they can keep their gear safe; simple things like ensuring that a substantial lock is used on doors and that gates and fences are kept in good repair. It’s all common sense stuff, but sometimes we all become a little complacent and that’s when we are most at risk.

“Our neighbourhood watch co-ordinators and crime reduction officers can also provide advice if needed. They can be contacted by calling 101, or through the force website or the area Facebook accounts.”

The campaign was praised by Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner. He said: “It is important for residents to take the necessary steps to keep their property safe. This is a unique campaign and, by working together, the police and local DIY stores will reach more people and help individuals keep their homes and gardens secure.”

Posted on Wednesday 13th May 2015
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