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Thames Valley Police are urging residents to ensure that their sheds are securely locked

Officers are urging residents to ensure that their sheds and out buildings are securely locked following a report of a suspicious individual in Browns Wood.

At around 1am on 8th April, a resident on Sullivan Crescent was disturbed by an unknown male jumping over a fence into the back garden. The individual was seen to pay direct attention to the large garden shed but ran away when confronted by the owner. Officers attended within 10 minutes but no one was found in the area.

The individual was described as a young male, no older than late teens, slim build, around 5 foot 10 inches tall and wearing a black jacket. He was believed to have been on his own.

Officers are encouraging people to report any incidents of suspicious circumstances such as this but there are things that you can do to make your property less appealing to thieves. Ensure that you secure your sheds and outbuildings with padlocks where possible and cover any windows so that opportunists cannot see what is inside.

Where possible make entry into your property as difficult as possible - don't leave bins or other items next to the boundary fences giving people an opportunity to climb over. Consider installing external lighting or sensor lights on your property as well as installing independent alarms on your sheds and outbuildings.

In all cases of crimes in progress, contact police on 999 who will respond as soon as possible. If you want any further advice regarding securing your property, check out our handy information guides on our website at or speak with our contact centre online or via 101 #p2007 #ICRT4


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