Don’t be a victim of the light-green fingered burglars this summer.
Police in Solihull are reminding people to consider the security of their gardens, sheds and garages.
Officers say this time of year has traditionally seen an increase in thefts from gardens and sheds and advise homeowners to take some simple and cost-effective measures that can reduce the chances of them becoming a victim:
* Put away all tools and equipment. Ensure all outside sheds and store cupboards are securely locked when not in use.
* Bring the tools inside if you do not have a shed or garage.
* Use suitable plants to enhance perimeter protection – such as thorny shrubs.
* Install outside security lighting, which comes on automatically at dusk.
* If you have a burglar alarm why not extend it to cover outbuildings and sheds.
* Photograph valuable garden plants or ornaments.
* Mark your property with your postcode and house number – this makes stolen property easier to trace and it can be positively identified as yours.
* Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.
* Regularly check fences and gates are in good repair and check for any overgrown areas where someone could hide.
* For further information about what measures homeowners can take, contact your local crime reduction officer or community partnership officer on 0845 113 5000.