B&Q JOINS POLICE IN BATTLE AGAINST BURGLARY
Tuesday 17 July 2012
DIY retail chain B&Q, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police, is offering a discount on security products to ensure Nottinghamshire residents don’t lead thieves up their garden paths this summer.
The offer comes in a bid to encourage people to better secure their property and, in turn, reduce burglaries of domestic outbuildings, such as garden sheds and garages.
The number of burglaries of this kind in Nottinghamshire reduced by 17% in 2011/12 compared to 2010/11 – that’s 365 less victims – and these crimes remain on the downward slope, with 48 less reports since April compared to the same period last year.
But police are warning residents not to get complacent. This type of crime can be as variable as the weather, with sunny, dry days and light balmy evenings leading people to rummage through their garages and sheds for their bikes, gardening tools and BBQs, and thus attracting the attention of thieves.
South Nottinghamshire has seen an increase in this type of crime, with 44 more reported burglaries over the last three months compared to last year, as well as 52 more cyclists having their bikes stolen.
Under the promotion there will be a 10% discount on the sale price of the following:
Outdoor lights (including security/motion sensor lights)
Locks (shed/garage/garden-related lock, including padlocks and bolt locks,
but excluding house locks)
Obscurity/frosting panels for windows
Bike locks/bike chains
Alarms (shed/garage/garden-related, but excluding house alarms)
"Now that B&Q have generously agreed to offer a discount on a range of garden shed and garage security products to those who take our leaflet into their stores, we hope to be able to provide further guidance and affordability to people wishing to better secure their property against thieves."
Clive Marshall, General Manager at Nottingham B&Q, said: "Here at B&Q we strive to be the nation’s most helpful home improvement company. What better way to show our commitment to this by supporting our customers in the protection of their property.
"Our staff are fully-trained in advising our clients about the best products available to them for their needs and now, with further guidance from the police, we also hope to help make their sheds and garages in Nottinghamshire the safest they can be.
"We are delighted to be able to collaborate with police in Nottinghamshire on this issue and look forward to other ways we can be of help in the future."
If you see suspicious activity around yours or your neighbour’s shed or garage, or if you have an information about the culprits, contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Sent on behalf of PC 2 Ann Gill 07702141724 and PCSO 9035 Jenny Buggy 07702141722
The offer, which will run until 1 September 2012, will be available at B&Q’s Riverside, Netherfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Newark stores only.
Detective Chief Inspector Melanie Bowden said: "We have been working hard with our partners and the community at large on the issue of thieves targeting domestic shed and garages.
We have made a number of arrests over the past few months that appear to be having a positive impact, but there is plenty more work to be done.
"Along with having a number of policing tactics in place to deter, disrupt and apprehend thieves, we also need residents to take responsibility for the security of their own property.
"Neighbourhood policing teams, with help from local councils and the business community, have circulated thousands of SAFER SHEDS leaflets to spread the word on security options for potential victims.