Look ahead – secure your shed

Look ahead – secure your shed

DSCF3211Mid Sussex residents are being encouraged to add extra security to their garden as the nights draw in this autumn by snapping up a low cost shed alarm.

Now that summer has come to an end and winter approaches, it is easy to forget about garden tools such as lawn mowers, which you can now put away in your garden shed or outbuilding.

The Mid Sussex Community Safety Partnership and Sussex Police are keen to help residents protect their outdoor property and are giving local people the opportunity to purchase affordable shed alarms as part of an autumn crime prevention campaign.

Residents are being offered the chance to purchase shed alarms at a reduced rate of £7, which is £8 cheaper than the normal retail price of £15. This relatively inexpensive item will help residents to protect their belongings and keep crime levels low in the District. The discounted shed alarms are available to buy from Town Council Help Points in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath. As well as shed alarms there are a small number of window alarms for sale at £2 each. These can be used as an extra security measure in your home as they warn you if movement is detected.

Sussex Police is encouraging residents to take a few simple steps that will help to keep their shed safe and secure;

•            Use a good quality padlock or mortice lock on the door of your shed

•            Protect the boundary and access to your garden with fences, walls and lockable gates

•            Make sure the door panel on your shed is strong enough

•            Put up security lighting around your shed

•            Lock valuable items together to prevent them being removed easily

•            Help to track your property by registering it for FREE at www.immobilise.com

“Mid Sussex is a low crime area and if we all work together to prevent crime then we can help to ensure it stays that way,” said Councillor Christopher Snowling, Cabinet Member for Health and Community. “These low cost shed alarms are a quick and easy way to add a little extra protection against thieves. Making life hard for opportunist crooks goes a long way towards keeping our crime levels low and making sure Mid Sussex continues to be one of the safest places in the country to live.”

For more information about crime prevention in Mid Sussex call the Mid Sussex District Council Community Safety team on 01444 477550 or email communitysafety@midsussex.gov.uk. You can also contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or via the website at www.sussex.police.uk/your-neighbourhood.