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Garden security urged after thefts from shed at Keady

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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