Thefts from sheds and outbuildings
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Dear <<First Name>>
Theft of Ride-on-mower 
Overnight of 14/15 May, thieves broke into a shed of a property in Middle Road Cossington and stole a ride-on mower.  Their neighbour’s shed was also burgled on the same night.
This crime would normally be reported to Farm Watch members, but such thefts have become so common, we thought you should all be aware of what is going on.
Since 2nd April this year, 10 of the 20 messages we have issued have been about break-ins to sheds and outbuildings and the theft of tools and equipment as well as some four ride-on mowers and three quadbikes. It appears there has been a notable reduction in the number of residential burglaries - possibly the current ‘stay home’ advice has deterred this type of crime as burglars don’t like occupied premises. The theft of Mowers and Quadbikes requires a sizeable van for their removal so please make a note of the registration number of any vehicle seen in suspicious circumstances, day or night.

A Blue Ford Transit van Reg: CK53 RPY has been seen cruising around local roads recently.
Double check your outbuilding security. Valuable items should be lock-anchored to floor or walls.  Remember, even if there is no large valuable item, tools including garden tools are useful for breaking into your house. Consider an alarm or CCTV.
Meanwhile -
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