Arson / Wheelie Bin Fires
There have recently been two reported deliberate wheelie bin fires in Worksop.
Unknown offenders have gained entry to the property’s rear gardens, and set fire to the owners wheelie bin.
The offenders at one of the addresses had purposely moved a bin next to the garden shed, before setting fire to it. The fire then spread to the garden shed, garden fence and some decking. The second fire also spread to garden fencing, fire services had to be called to extinguish the fires.
Please be aware on the placement of your wheelie bins as they can also be used for other crimes, for example; they can be used as ladders and will bear a surprising weight, as containers to carry away stolen property and materials such as roofing lead.
As similar risks apply to businesses too, we are sending this alert as a warning.
To further reduce the risks consider:
• Chaining your bins together and padlocking them to an eye bolt or a ground anchor as far away as possible from your home / business; particularly if the bins are for cardboard, textile or other flammable waste
• It is sometimes possible to purchase a proprietary wheeled bin lock for each bin and recommend these are only left unlocked on collection days or when placing items in the bin
• Wherever possible please make every effort to keep the bins away from public view taking into account the above measures
Should you have any information relating to the above incident, please ring the Police on 101, or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number of 0800 555111.