Residents in the Ranskill and Sutton Cum Lound area are being made aware that there has been a series of Burglaries to sheds and garages in the area during the nights over recent weeks.
Offenders have on occasions taken to climbing onto the roof of the targeted building, at times removing tiles.
Police patrols in the area have been increased as a result and residents are asked to be vigilant, reporting any suspicious activity to Nottinghamshire Police. The method of contact needs to be 999 if they believe that an offence is being committed there and then.
The alternative phone number is 101, which is the National number, then ask for the control room top report an incident that has happened.
There are also measures that can assist in the detection and prevention of such offences.
Shed and garage alarms are an option. These are readily available via all good DIY outlets. Harworth Town Council are also involved in the sale of some very good units (at cost price). There is a choice of 2 differing units, both with infra red sensors. One having a phone dialler which will both sound an audible alarm if required, but also when plugged into a phone socket, ring up to 3 phone numbers in order to alert the owner or indeed neighbour. The second has a contact for a window or door. Both are available at a very small cost at Harworth Town Council office on Scrooby Road Harworth.
Security lighting is another suggested option. Lights which switch on with a movement sensor are available and act as a deterrent. Some even have a built in camera which records to a media card. These have proved very useful recently in the identification of offenders involved in local night time theft.
Anti climb paint can also be considered. Again available from DIY outlets. There are some restrictions however on its use which residents ought to be aware of.
Although there is no minimum legal height stipulated for the use of barbed or razor wire, you are advised to remove any wire below a height of 2.4m, from ground level, or move to a minimum height of 2.4m. 2.4m is the height recommended for defensive products as it is a height at which even individuals in excess of 6ft tall would have to deliberately reach up to and accidental injury highly unlikely - see notes below.
If you use barbed or razor wire, under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 you must take reasonable precautions to prevent injury to other people caused by dangers on your property (ie put up appropriate warning signage). If you are building a wall on the boundary with your neighbour, you may need your neighbour’s permission (under the Party Wall Act).
NB : This is taken from the Home Office Publication ‘Be Safe, Be Secure – A Practical Guide to Crime Reduction’ as per Occupiers Liability Act (1984)
Basic crime prevention advise can be found on the Crimestoppers site at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/crime-prevention
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