Police are appealing for information and reminding people about security after two sheds after five mountain bikes have been stolen from sheds, and a van, in Hathersage, Tideswell and Longshaw.
The incidents have all taken place between Monday, 15 July and Sunday, 21 July. A green and black coloured Scott Aspect mountain bike was stolen during this time from a shed on Sheffield Road, Hathersage.
Also on Sheffield Road, Hathersage, a mountain bike was stolen from a shed at a different property sometime overnight between Friday, 19 July and Saturday, 20 July.
In Tideswell, a mountain bike was stolen from a shed on Primrose Lane sometime between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday, 20 July.
Most recently, two mountain bikes were stolen from the back of a VW Transporter van which was parked in the Woodcroft Car Park, at the Longshaw Estate, off Owler Bar Road between 1pm and 3pm on Sunday, 21 July.
PCSO Anthony Boswell of the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We are carrying out enquiries into these incidents and would urge anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious, or with information about these bikes, to contact us.
“We would also urge residents, and bicycle owners, to consider the security of their sheds, garages and other outhouses to help protect their property from thieves.”
Further advice around shed and bike security includes:
- Ensure that all outbuildings are fitted with a quality lock;
- Consider purchasing a shed alarm to help to deter a thief and secure any bikes to the floor or a concrete wall with a ground anchor where possible.
- Always secure bikes when leaving them unattended while out and about with a good quality D-Lock.
- Ensure that valuables are kept out of view from passers-by and consider covering any windows from the inside to prevent thieves from taking a look;
- Mark valuable items with a forensic property marking fluid and register your valuables with www.immobilise.com, this can help to deter criminals and help police return property if it is stolen and then recovered.
Police would like anyone with information to contact them using one of the following methods:
- Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
- Twitter – direct message the contact centre on @DerPolContact
- Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/
- Phone – call 101.
Quote the reference number 19*383788 and name of the officer in the case, PCSO Anthony Boswell, in any correspondence.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In the event of an emergency you should always call 999.