Police in Armagh are reminding home owners to secure their sheds and protect their garden furniture and ornaments.
The reminder follows an incident in Keady where a shed was broken into and items taken.
Constable Gary McCullough, Armagh Response, explained: “A shed in Mountview was entered between 10pm on Friday, 29 August and 9.50am on Saturday, 30 August and a power washer and concrete cutting saw were taken.
“At this time of year many people are storing their valuable garden equipment and tools away for the year and you should make sure these items are as secure as those stored in your house.
“Well positioned external lighting can go a long way to detering intruders.
“Keep your shed in good condition and fit a closed shackle padlock to the door. Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed. Fit meshes or grilles to the windows and invest in an alarm.
“Make sure that large items such as bicycles are chained together. It is much more difficult for a thief to carry away a lot of large items.
“Ladders should be locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they cannot be used to access upstairs windows and valuables should be marked with your postcode.
“You should also check that your household insurance policy covers garden or shed equipment and find out if any minimum security standards apply.
“If anyone has any information in relation to the theft at Mountview they can contact me at Armagh Police Station on the 101 non-emergency number.”
If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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