Weekly Crime Reports – Monday 10th August 2015

August 10, 2015
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Stansted
Theft from Motor Vehicle
Overnight on 7th August
Bentfield Road area of Stansted
Entry was gained to a secured white Ford Transit van and removed various tools from the back of the vehicle.
If you have any information regarding this crime please contact Braintree Police station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Criminal Damage
Between 19:00 hrs on 8th August and 09:15 hrs the following day
Lower Street car park in Stansted
Oil or hydraulic fluid was poured over the concrete surface in the making the skate park unsafe for use.
If you have any information regarding this crime please contact Braintree Police station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Theft from Motor Vehicle
At 23:00 hrs on 5th August
Hazel End
The door of a Ford Connect van was forced open causing damage to the rear doors.  Once inside they have searched the vehicle and taken property from within. Suspects made off when disturbed by the owner.
If you have any information regarding this crime please contact Braintree Police station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Burglary Other
Between 26th July and 3rd August on 3rd August
Wood End Green
Thieves broke into an insecure shed located in a back. After a tidy search the thieves removed a bicycle and a set of golf clubs. There was no damage to shed.
If you have any information regarding this crime please contact Braintree Police station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Crime Prevention Advice
Garden Sheds and Outbuildings are often targeted in burglaries. These often have valuable items inside and in some cases to their more secluded location and lower security they are seen by thieves as an easier target.
The most common things stolen from sheds:
1. Bicycles
2. Mowers
3. Sporting equipment
4. Power tools
5. Garden equipment (tools)

Our advice:
• Check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.
• Have a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It is worth having a good lockable padlock and hasp on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges as these are sometime easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they are secured with wire mesh or grills.
• It is worth securing bicycles inside the shed to a ground anchor or lockable stand. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
• Consider putting an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
• Property marking your items is a good option, some tools can be painted with your name or postcode.
• Battery operated shed alarms can be purchased quite cheaply that respond to movement with an extremely loud siren.

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