TIM DREW: Ensure security is up to standard

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THE Police have recently reported a slight increase in the number of bicycles being stolen from outbuildings in the Adur and Worthing areas.

I briefly covered the issue of shed security in this column two weeks ago, but PCSO Nicola Burstow (Broadwater) has provided specific advice as outlined below.

Sheds and stores should be secured with a substantial lock, so use a ‘hasp and staple’ padlock to lock your shed, garage doors and side-doors. For added security, bolt the padlock to the door and frame and replace the screws in the external hinges of your shed or garage side-door with ‘clutch-head’ screws (also known as ‘anti-tamper’ or ‘coffin’ screws), applying glue to the top of the screw heads, and fit an internal bar to secure your shed windows.

As regards good-quality locks, Sold Secure (which is the premier testing and certification house for security products) advertises a wide range of approved products for numerous applications. Don’t forget that, to make a successful insurance claim for cycle theft, you must have used a Sold Secure approved lock with a rating of either Bronze, Silver or Gold, depending on the lock’s quality.

In a busy week for surgeries and Panel Meetings, PCSO Gary Morgan (Northbrook) will hold his surgery between 10am and 11am on Sunday, June 2, at The Flat, 50a Shelby Road. PCSO Sally Haggis (Heene) will be available to discuss issues between 10am and 10.30am, outside Spar Stores, 68 Heene Road on Tuesday, June 4, as will PCSO Elaine Tullett (Marine) between 10am and 11am, on Saturday, June 8, outside Tesco in Goring Road.

Neighbourhood Panel Meetings for Durrington and Northbrook Wards will be held on Monday, June 3, at the Durrington Community Centre, New Road, Durrington between 7.30pm and 9p.m; for Gaisford Ward the next day at Northbrook College, Broadwater Road, between 7pm and 8pm, and for Goring Ward at the Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on Thursday, June 6, between 7pm and 8pm.