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Officers take to the road for Operation Illuminate following thefts

Posted on 6th April 2017

Officers are set to take to the road to help residents in the Hulland and Brailsford step up their shed and garage security following thefts.

This follows reports over recent weeks of thieves breaking into sheds and garages and making off with tools and a mountain bikes, including in Rodsley, Cubley and Kirk Ireton.

Following the incidents, Safer Neighbourhood officers will be stepping up patrols and speaking to residents about the simple steps that they can take to better protect their property from being targeted by opportunists.

PCSOs Joanne Dales and David Seabridge will also be taking to the road on Thursday, April 20 as part of Operation Illuminate to help residents to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.

They will be visiting the rural villages around Ashbourne, including Brassington, Kirk Ireton, Bradbourne, and Kniveton, to offer security advice, discounted crime prevention products, and bike marking.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, who oversees policing in the Derbyshire Dales, said: “Thieves are opportunists and are out for an easy steal. It is important that residents think about the security of their own sheds, garages and outbuildings and the steps that they can take to protect it from thieves.

“Firstly, it is important to fit a good quality lock to secure your shed, garage or outbuilding and make sure that it is appropriate to the strength of the door and frame.

“For added security, consider purchasing a shed alarm and secure any bikes with a quality chain even if they are inside the shed or garage.

“Finally, 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.”

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;
  • Mark all valuables with a property marking system such as SmartWater as this 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;
  • 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.
  • Discounted crime prevention products, including shed alarms, can be purchased from Ashbourne Library.

For further crime prevention advice, or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call 101, or send them a message online  here

To report suspicious activity call police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.

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