Police are encouraging residents to step up their shed security and appealing for information following recent thefts in the Brampton area of Chesterfield.
There have been six reports of sheds which were targeted between Wednesday, January 23 and Sunday, January 27 in the area around Rhodesia Road, St. Thomas Street and Greengate Close.
Bicycles and power tools have been stolen.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team have been carrying out inquiries and advising residents about steps that they can take to better protect their property from being stolen.
The force would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area, who may have any noticed bikes or drills like those pictured for sale recently, or any other information which could help them.
PCSO Tammy Careless, of the Walton and West Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We would encourage people to check that their sheds and the contents are as secure as they can be. Use good quality locks, install motion sensor alarms and security mark any valuable property. You should also consider registering valuables on the UK national property register, Immobilise.
“We are currently carrying out inquiries into these thefts and would like to speak to anyone who may have information which could help.”
Other crime prevention advice for boosting shed and garden security include:
- Ensure that valuables are kept out of view from passers-by and consider covering your windows from the inside to prevent thieves from taking a look;
- Don’t leave items in your garden that could make the life of a thief any easier. For example, a ladder left out in your garden could be used to get into the upper floor of your home or onto the top of your shed. Likewise, other tools and gardening equipment left outside could be used to break into your home. Just taking a few minutes to lock these items away will greatly increase your security;
- Report any suspicious activity to police as it is happening to help stop a crime from taking place.
- Further information on Immobilise, the world's largest free register of possession ownership details, can be found at the website: www.immobilise.com.
If you have any information which could help police, get in touch with them using one of the following non-emergency contact methods- calling 101, messaging through the Derbyshire Constabulary website or getting in touch with Derbyshire Police on Facebook or Twitter.
Quote the reference number 19*44335 and the name of the officer in the case, PCSO Tammy Careless, in any correspondence.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.