Green-fingered residents encouraged to seek advice from police about preventing garden crimes

PUBLISHED: 15:46 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 20 April 2017

The events could help reduce the risk of being a victim

The events could help reduce the risk of being a victim

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Four crime prevention events will be taking place across April and May

Did you know?

Most burglaries happen on weekdays, in daylight, when you’re more likely to be out. As well as locking up each time you leave you can also:

- keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view

- use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied

- keep gates locked and boundaries secure

- lock away bikes, tools and garden items which could be stolen or used to break into your home.

You could also:

- security-mark items including bikes, mobiles and laptops

- keep receipts, IMEI numbers and serial numbers safe (also see: mobile phone theft)

- photograph and insure expensive or unique items

- install a safe, bolted to the ground or a wall, or use a safety deposit box at the bank

- register important items for free on the national Immobilise database – this can help us return them to you if they are stolen and then recovered.

Gravesend gardeners are being advised to attend crime prevention events Kent Police are holding in April and May.

The surgeries are in response to seasonal reports of shed burglaries and thefts of tools in the area whivh increase with the good weather.

Advice on how to reduce the risks of becoming a victim will be given out by PSCOs.

PCSO Faye Flood said: “Having items stolen, even the everyday things you keep in a shed, can be upsetting and frustrating. For thieves sheds are sometimes seen as easy pickings for valuable tools and equipment.

Reporting rural crime to police

If possible, make a note of the following:

- Is the suspect (s) alone or in a group?

- Are they trespassing?

- Do they have equipment, dogs or firearms with them?

- Are you aware of where suspects have been or where they are heading?

- What do they look like?

- Have they any vehicles? What are the number plates and vehicle models?

- Can you safely get a photograph?

“Fortunately there are steps you can take to reduce the chance of having your property stolen, such as installing security lights or securing items to a solid anchor point.

“At the surgeries we will have plenty of advice and everyone is welcome to attend.

“We will also be available to discuss any policing concerns local residents may have.”

Surgeries will be held at:

- April 21 between 3pm and 4pm at Truro Road allotment.

- April 30 between 3pm and 4pm at Gatwick Road allotment.

- May 5 betweem 3pm and 4pm at Dene Holm Road allotment.

- May 13 between 10am and 11am at Central Avenue allotment.

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