Crime prevention events at Horsham and Washington garden centres

Horsham Police are hosting four crime prevention events across different local garden centres this March.

The Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team launched Operation Tulip at Squires Garden Centre, Washington, and Hillier Garden Centre, Horsham yesterday.

Operation Tulip has been set up to help local residents prevent theft from their gardens and properties within the Horsham District this spring.

The same session will also be running at the Old Barn Nurseries, Dial Post and Newbridge Nurseries, Broadbridge Heath between 11am-3pm on Sunday March 22.

Residents are urged to attend these sessions to learn about preventing outdoor property theft this spring as the weather warms up.

Some of the simple ways to keep your outdoor property safe is to install motion sensory lighting to illuminate both the front and back garden.

Install gravel paving that crunches underfoot to act as a deterrent to thieves.

Other ways include ensuring all tools and equipment are securely stored and all garden shed and garage doors are securely locked.

Bicycles should be secured to an anchor point with a security lock.

It is advised that all padlocks should be at least 6cm / 2.5ins wide, of hardened steel, have at least 5 pins and be a closed shackle type.

Residents can also take photographs of valuable garden ornaments and register their property at free, to enhance the chances of retrieving stolen items.

If you cannot make it along to one of the garden centres or would like further crime prevention advice and assistance with property marking please either:

Speak to your local PCSO, e-mail or to see when their next come and meet us session is in your area visit

You can also contact them by calling 101.

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