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Police help Hathersage homeowners safeguard sheds and garages

Posted on 14th May 2013

Alarms have been fitted to sheds, garages and other outbuildings in and around Hathersage as part of a police operation to cut burglaries.

Officers from Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team have been out in the community over the last couple of weeks to talk to local people about their security.

It comes after a rise in the number of shed and garage burglaries in the area, with items such as bicycles and tools being stolen.

Several Hathersage homeowners have now purchased shed alarms and had them fitted to their outbuildings along with warning signs to would-be burglars.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, from the team, said: “Having a shed or garage alarm fitted is a quick, easy and cheap way to avoid a lot of distress and hassle that comes with being burgled.

“Criminals will look to target places that aren’t very secure, so they can quickly get in and out and steal valuables.

“Security devices such as alarms and spotlights can help deter them and alert you that a burglar may be in the area, which will help us cut this type of crime.”

Cut-price shed and garage alarms are being offered as part of Operation Illuminate, an ongoing campaign by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership.

The partnership, led by the police and Derbyshire Dales District Council, aims to cut burglaries by helping people protect their properties with kit such as alarms, outdoor lightbulbs and timer switches, which all help deter burglars.

Items start from £1 and can be purchased from your local police station or district council office.

To find out more, call Matlock Bath Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Derbyshire Dales District Council on 01629 761100.

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