PEOPLE in Waverley are being warned to keep an eye on their garden ornaments after a spate of thefts became the latest crime wave to hit the borough.
Between last Thursday and Saturday (May 14 to 16), thieves targeted four homes and stole items including a 4ft statue of a boy in a hat sitting on a rock, worth £1,500.
An urn was taken from a front garden in Dye House Road, Thursley, and two waist-high stone flower pots were stolen in Farnham. In both incidents the thieves dumped the plants and soil at the scene.
The thieves also hit the Cranleigh area, taking eight decorative stones from outside a house in Norley Lane, Shamley Green, and the statue of the boy from outside a house in Cranleigh Road, Wonersh.
Waverley Crime Reduction Advisor John Robini said “Valuable ornaments in front gardens can be an attractive target for opportunistic thieves, so householders should take every measure available to keep them safe,” he added.
“You can help to deter criminals by staying vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity.”
Anyone with any information on the thefts, or who has seen the ornaments on sale, can contact Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222. Alternatively, give information in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
(Reproduced from Get Surrey, May 20th)
GARDIEN TIP: See our advice on Outdoor Items and Garden Antiques at http://www.garden-security.co.uk/garden-crime-prevention.aspx