Burglary from non-domestic buildings

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1629
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I understand that in Lambeth, there has been a big increase in burglaries from non-domestic buildings - i.e. garden sheds, and in particular thefts of bicycles. Why do you think this is occurring and what preventative measures can the police take to help residents avoid this kind of offence?

Answer

Answer for Burglary from non-domestic buildings

Answer for Burglary from non-domestic buildings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Lambeth has experienced an increase of 163 non-residential burglary offences in the last 12 months from which pedal cycles have been targeted, predominantly from sheds or communal hallways. Thieves are attracted to sheds because they are often left unlocked or poorly secured and contain items that are easy to sell. Lambeth also has a high number of multi occupied premises with residents storing pedal cycles in communal hallways.

As part of their crime prevention work, police officers in Lambeth carry out crime prevention campaigns to give advice and raise awareness of ways to reduce the risk of non-residential burglaries such as increasing shed security and ensuring valuables are secured. The police also deliver initiatives to help prevent theft such as offering free security bicycle marking.