Posted on 11th June 2013
Police are urging members of the public to boost the security of their homes after three shed and garage break-ins.
The message comes after two valuable mountain bikes and two lawn mowers were taken from homes in Tideswell and Great Hucklow.
Thieves forced their way into a secure garage at a house in Sherwood Road, Tideswell between 7pm on Saturday, June 8 and 12.30pm on Sunday, June 9.
A Canyon Nerve XC8 and a Marin Riftzone bike were stolen from the garage. Thieves cut the padlock to a brick outbuilding at another house in Sherwood Road but nothing was stolen in that offence.
Between 10pm on Sunday, June 9 and 7.30am on Monday, June 10, a shed was broken into at a property in Great Hucklow.
A Briggs and Stratton petrol lawnmower was taken from the shed.
Thieves also stole a silver and red mower from an outbuilding at a nearby property in Great Hucklow, from 6pm on Sunday, June 10 to 10am the next morning.
PCSO Anthony Boswell, from Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It’s vital that people properly secure their property and try to deter thieves in any way they can.
“Padlocks on doors and sturdy locks on items within garages and sheds are a great way to protect your items but they are not the only way.
“Other cheap but effective crime prevention methods include shed or garage alarms, security lights and door chimes.
“We have some of these items for sale so please get in touch if you want to add these to your home security.
“They only take a few minutes to set up but they can save a lot of distress in the long-run by helping protect you from crime.”
The goods are available as part of Operation Illuminate, a partnership security project between police and Derbyshire Dales District Council.
Witnesses or anyone with information relating to any of the above break-ins should call Derbyshire police on 101.
You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.