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Shed owners urged to protect property with alarms

Posted on 22nd May 2013

Police are offering cut-price outbuilding alarms to help shed and garage owners protect their property from criminals.

Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team have been boosting patrols in their area after a rise in the number of non-dwelling burglaries reported in recent weeks.

These include incidents where sheds have been broken into and valuables from hedge strimmers to mountain bikes stolen.

To help residents safeguard their gear and deter thieves, the team will be heading out armed with alarms and other crime prevention kit such as SmartWater.

They will also be continuing to increase patrols and urging members of the public to report any suspicious behaviour to police as soon as they see it.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, from the team, said: “Thieves are interested in easy targets and will look for sheds, garages and other buildings that have fairly low security, something they can break into with as little hassle as possible.

“These alarms are really simple to use but extremely effective, and can help to deter burglars from targeting you or your property in the first place.

“Having valuables stolen causes a massive amount of stress but having one of these alarms fitted doesn’t, so we want to hear from anyone interested in buying one.”

The alarms are priced at £5 and are offered at a reduced cost as part of Operation Illuminate, a Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership campaign aimed at protecting people and property from burglary. It is led by police and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

There has been a number of non-dwelling burglaries reported to police in the Hathersage area over the last few weeks.

A shed was broken into at a property in Smalldale, Bradwell between 9pm on Monday, May 20 and 5.40pm on Tuesday, May 21.

Two mountain bikes – a Santa Cruz Blur and a Trek 6300 – were stolen from inside.

A Myka mountain bike was also stolen from an outbuilding at a home in Baulk Lane, Hathersage, which was targeted between 8pm on Sunday, May 19 and 6pm the following day.

At about 10.35pm on Monday, May 20, a resident in Smalldale, Bradwell disturbed a would-be thief who had broken the lock on a shed door.

And the lock was forced from a shed at a house in the same area between 10am on Monday, May 20 and 7am the following day, although no valuables were taken.

PCSO Boswell added: “Reporting suspicious behaviour as soon as you see it can be the difference in a crime being committed and stopping it, so please call us if anything doesn’t sit right.”

To report suspicious behaviour or a crime, call Derbyshire police on 101 or, in an emergency, 999. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you live in the Hathersage area and want to buy a shed alarm or other crime prevention kit, call PCSO Boswell on 101.

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