Thames Valley Police – Community Messaging – West berks – F1128

The recent rise in metal prices on the international market has caused an increase in the number of metal thefts. Metal gates and bronze statues being some of the more recent items targeted.

If you have metal gates to your property consider inverting and capping the gate hinges so that they can’t be lifted off and ensure fixing bolts that can’t be moved.

If you have any statues in your garden consider how the item is currently secured and if necessary move it to a secure area out of sight from public view.

You may also wish to consider marking your property with a product such as Smartwater (www.smartwater.com ) or Selecta DNA (www.selectadna.co.uk).

If you do see anything suspicious please report it immediately by dialling the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 or if a crime is in progress dial 999.Message Ends

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