Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Short Sharp Shock

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Short Sharp Shock

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Byline: Mike Underwood

Green-Fingered crimefighters are urging Teessiders to use nature as a thorn in the side of burglars.

Cleveland Police say planting prickly plants and bushes next to fences, windows and the perimeter of properties can deter opportunist raiders.

Plants such as pyracanthus, roses, berberis and hawthorn are recommended as the most effective.

Officers have issued the advice to combat a traditional rise in garden shed and garage break-ins during spring and summer.

Not only can plants deter raiders they can also catch vital forensic evidence from crooks.

Phil Taylor, Cleveland Police's crime prevention officer, said: "Sheds and garages are still an easy target for thieves who take mere minutes to break in and steal new lawn mowers or bikes.

"Most people add security to their homes and their cars but overlook sheds and garages.

Cleveland Police's crime prevention team and Safe In Tees Valley are offering mini alarms at just pounds 10 each. …

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