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Police in Hathersage offer advice following recent shed breaks

Posted on 5th June 2015

Officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team are encouraging home owners to consider their garden security following recent shed breaks.

A pedal cycle was stolen after thieves used bolt croppers to cut through a security padlock of a rear garden shed.

The incident took place sometime between 9pm on Thursday, June 4 and 7am on Friday, June 5 at a property on Crosslands Road in Hathersage.

On the same night, another shed on Crosslands Road was also targeted, however it is not yet known is anything has been stolen.

Following the incidents, Safer Neighbourhood officers are asking residents to consider the security of their own sheds, garages and outbuildings to further protect their property from being targeted by thieves.

PCSO Anthony Boswell from the local policing team said: "Thankfully there are extra security measures that can be put into place to further property residents' property from being targeted by thieves.

"Firstly, it is important to ensure that sheds are properly secure, with non-reversible screws applied and a good quality lock fitted to help deter thieves and prevent forced entries.

"Also, wherever possible, avoid leaving valuable property in a shed if it can be stored elsewhere such as in a garage or outbuilding away from view of passers-by.

"Members of the public are our eyes and ears so if you see anyone acting suspiciously in the neighbourhood then contact police promptly."

Other crime prevention advice for boosting shed and garden security include:

  • Consider purchasing a shed alarm to help to deter a thief and secure any bikes with a quality chain even if they are inside the shed or garage;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Anyone with any information about the above incident is asked to call PCSO Anthony Boswell on 101, quoting crime number 23502/15

To speak to the Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @HathersageSNT

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