SHOPPERS were given a lesson in shed security as the dark winter nights set in.
Police were in King Street, South Shields, to demonstrate what measures residents can take to help prevent them from falling victim to thieves.
Using a specially-designed shed, which had undergone a security makeover, people were taken on a tour to show how they can make their own a less attractive target for thieves.
Visitors to the shed were also able to pick up tips on how goods should be stored inside to make items harder for criminals to steal.
The venture between police and South Tyneside Council’s Community Safety team aims to remind people of the need to check their shed security as the dark winter nights set in.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: “The dark nights make it easier for criminals to move around as they are at less risk of being seen entering properties or trying out insecure cars.
“This is why we have once again joined up with the Community Safety Department at South Tyneside Council to bring out the shed as a visible reminder to residents that if they haven’t done so already, now is really the time to check their shed security.”
Police are reminding people of the need to tidy away garden furniture and equipment for the winter season in a secure garage or shed and ensure that ladders are also locked away so burglars cannot use them. For more information on crime prevention, contact police on 101 and ask for your local neighbourhood policing team.