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Security warning on rural premises

PUBLISHED: 08:47 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 07 July 2010

Farms and the owners of commercial premises and houses in rural areas are being reminded to remain vigilant over the festive season and ensure their property is secure.

Farms and the owners of commercial premises and houses in rural areas are being reminded to remain vigilant over the winter and ensure their property is secure.

The warning from Norfolk police follows a rise in the number of thefts in the rural areas of South Norfolk and Breckland over the past fortnight.

Crimes include the theft of heating oil, garage and shed break ins and items being stolen from churches, gardens and farms.

Since the beginning of December there have been a number of incidents where valuable items have been stolen including garden and engineer's tools, diesel, trailers, generators, ladders, lawn mowers, pressure washers and vehicles including a tractor, JCB and a pick-up truck.

Police have issued the following advice:

Do not leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed.

Keep garden sheds and garages locked and think about using a battery-operated alarm.

Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and security lighting can be deterrents.

Make sure that garden tools or ladders that are not left lying around.

Mark your belongings with a property-marking product.

A good quality locking device should also be fitted to all fuel tanks.

For further advice about security advice contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 0845 4564567.

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