Posted on 17th November 2014
Police and residents have been teaming up to boost security on allotment sites in Ashbourne as part of the Operation Illuminate initiative.
Officers from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team joined up with the Ashbourne Allotment Association to increase shed security and help to deter criminals from targeting their property.
During the visit on Sunday, November 9, PC Danny Smith and PCSO Tammy Bell-Heather spoke to the society group about the steps that they can take to protect their property from thieves.
Throughout the day, SmartWater kits were handed out and all tools were marked up with the security fluid. A number of shed alarms were also provided by the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership for use on the site.
PCSO Tammy Bell -Heather from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Despite the constant rain there was a fantastic turnout from the Allotment Association with over with over 40 SmartWater kits and padlock- alarms being handed out to members.
“Ensuring that sheds, garages and outbuildings are properly secure is one of the ways to protect your property from opportunists. Fit a good quality lock to your shed and ensure that any valuables are moved out of view from passers-by.
“Property marking makes your belongings much less attractive to thieves as they realise that the goods can easily be identified as stolen and traced back to the original owner. There are many ways to mark property; including engraving, UV marking and forensically coded systems such a SmartWater.
“If you would like further advice on boosting your home and shed security contact myself or PC Danny Smith on 101.”
To speak to the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
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