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Secure your sheds and garages

New Forest Community Safety Partnership is reminding residents to make sure their sheds and garages are secure.

New Forest District Council portfolio holder for Housing and Communities, Cllr Jill Cleary said: “Many people take a great deal of trouble securing their home contents but will happily leave valuable garden tools in an unsecure shed or outbuilding, which is either unlocked or so old and run-down as to prove no obstacle to thieves. An effective deterrent is a shed that has a sound structure, and has the doors and windows secured.  Security lighting, chaining tools together, and locking bikes, are also effective and simple steps to take.”

The Safer New Forest partnership endorse some security products that can help.  These include strong D-locks which can be used to secure bicycles or other large items, Timer switches to turn on and off internal lamps at pre-set times, or audible shock and motion sensor shed alarms which are activated on movement and tampering.

The security products are available to buy from New Forest District Council information offices at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst; Lymington Town Hall; Hythe; Ringwood Gateway; Fordingbridge, and Totton.

More advice or information about the work of the Safer New Forest Partnership can be found on safer.newforest.gov.uk or on Twitter @safernewforest


Contacts:  communications@nfdc.gov.uk
Sara Hamilton, corporate communications manager
Tel: 023 8028 5588 sara.hamilton@nfdc.gov.uk