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Police appeal after thieves target business premises in Matlock area

Posted on 2nd March 2016

Business owners in the Derbyshire Dales are being encouraged to boost their security following thefts from sites in the Matlock area.

Overnight between 5pm on Sunday, February 28 and 8am the following morning, offenders used tools to access a site off Ladygrove Road in Two Dales, Matlock.

Thieves made off with an Ifor Williams trailer, which was loaded with stone, after forcing the locks. The trailer was later found abandoned in a layby nearby. (CR/9153/16)

A quantity of lead sash weights were stolen from a barn along Gibb Lane in Sudbury after thieves forced the lock on the door. The theft happened sometime between 4.30pm on Thursday, February 25 and 9.30am on Friday, February 26. (CR/8652/16)

Thieves also entered a construction site in Homesford, Whatstandwell, and carried out a search of the onsite cabins. A Makita cordless drill and battery charger were stolen overnight between on Friday, February 26. (CR/9124/16)

Following the incidents, officers are appealing to anyone with any information to get in touch.

They are also asking business owners of sites and workshops, along with farmers with barns and similar outbuildings, to take steps to boost their security.

This includes using good quality locks suitable for the strength of the door or gate, and marking valuable items with a security fluid such as SmartWater. Installing motion light sensors and further securing items such as quad bikes and trailers with a chain inside the outbuilding can also help to deter thieves.

Anyone with any information about the above crimes is asked to contact police on 101, quoting the crime number mentioned above, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For further crime prevention advice call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.