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Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch urge people to be vigilant after a rise in the number of thefts from gardens

FLINTSHIRE Neighbourhood Watch is warning residents about an increase in thefts of garden items.

A spokesman from OWL, the Online Watch Link, said: “Householders must take care to prevent intruders getting into their gardens.

“Gardens, garages and sheds often contain a number of valuable items such as lawnmowers, tools, bicycles and furniture which appeals to thieves.

“They may also contain tools and ladders which a burglar can use to break into the house.

“Gardens should ideally be surrounded by a well-built brick wall of about two metres high. Extra security can be added by fixing trellis fencing to the top of the wall.

This is not, generally, strong enough to support the weight of a human body so cannot be climbed.

“Any gate should be robust with an efficient lock.

“Planting prickly shrubs or trees around the perimeter of a property may deter most burglars, but must not block the view of the property, a burglar breaking in through the front door will be happier if they are hidden by foliage.”

Please report anything suspicious to the North Wales Police Control Room 0845 607 1001 (Welsh) or 0845 607 1002 (English) in an emergency dial 999

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