This is a message for all Watch members and Key Individuals from Harborough Police.
During the last couple of weeks we have seen a significant increase in thefts of large garden ornaments in the more rural villages around the district. The criminals involved have specifically targeted garden items such as stone statues, saddle stones and garden lanterns.
At this time of year there is a ready market for garden accessories and many people will be buying new and expensive items for their gardens without taking any significant security precautions.
Harborough police would offer the following advice:-
• Try to place high value items in a position where they are overlooked or can be easily observed.
• Consider the use of ground anchors or spikes and wire to secure high value plants, planters and ornaments.
• Take a look at your garden from a thief’s point of view and take appropriate precautions.
• Always remember – before every crime there is a suspicious incident. Report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the police immediately.
Further crime prevention advice is always available free of charge from your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams - you can contact myself or your beat officers by phoning Police Headquarters on 0116 222 2222 or by visiting the Force website at www.leics.police.uk .
Your help in distributing this message is truly appreciated.
Henry Whatley (7729)
Community Initiatives Coordinator
Harborough & Lutterworth Police