West Mercia Police is appealing to the communities of South Shropshire to remain vigilant following a spate of rural burglaries in the area, which have targeted outbuildings, insecure barns and sheds during the hours of darkness.
Tools, farm machinery, and diesel are just some of the items which have been stolen by the criminals, and Crime Prevention Officers are urging residents to follow these simple security measures in order to reduce the risk towards their property.
- Ensure that all outbuildings are locked when not in use. Try using weatherproof padlocks and reversing the hinges on shed doors so that they cannot be unscrewed.
- Ensure tools and machinery are locked away and out of sight when not in use. As well as being at risk of theft, tools can be used to gain access to surrounding buildings.
- Do not leave keys or valuables in farm vehicles/machinery.
- Keep gates padlocked shut.
- Install solar-powered dusk-to-dawn lighting on outbuildings to deter intruders.
- Ensure any tools or valuables are security marked and display signs around your property to inform potential thieves.
Sgt Murdoch of the Shropshire Harm Reduction Team stated “The police are conducting extra patrols in these areas to provide reassurance to the victims and the communities as a whole. To assist us in our efforts to apprehend these criminals I would appeal to the residents of these rural areas to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or vehicles they see to the police”
In an emergency call 999, For non-emergencies call 101