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Operation Illuminate takes to the road to tackle shed and garden burglary

Posted on 5th June 2014

Residents are being encouraged to increase their shed security as officers head out on the road in Hathersage and Tideswell for Operation Illuminate.

Officers from the Hathersage and Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team headed to Litton Mill, Millers Dale to speak to residents about crime prevention as part of the forcewide initiative to tackle shed and garden burglary.

Derbyshire Constabulary launched the campaign on Monday, June 2 to tackle the crime ahead of the summer months. As people spend more time in their gardens, sheds are left insecure with sometimes very expensive power tools and garden equipment being left on show.

Increasing home security and investing in items such as spotlights, alarms, doors chimes and property marking kits such as SmartWater or Selecta can help to deter an opportunist from targeting a property.

The policing team visited the area on Saturday, May 21 to chat to residents about the steps that they can take to protect their property from criminals. This includes ensuring that outbuildings, sheds and garages are properly secure and that any valuables are kept out of view.

During the day, residents took the opportunity to sign up to the Derbyshire Alert scheme and purchased discounted crime prevention products from the team, including door chimes, Smartwater kits to mark up valuable items and also alarms for sheds, garages and driveways.

The Hathersage and Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team will be holding further Operation Illuminate events to offer advice to the public on how to secure their property.

The team will be visiting the villages in the mobile police station between 10am and 12noon on the following dates:  

  • Hathersage on Wednesday, June 11;
  • Tideswell on Thursday, June 19;
  • Baslow on Wednesday, June 25;
  • Eyam on Friday, June 27.

Discounted home security kits will be available at the events and can also be purchased from your local police station or council officers as part of the Operation Illuminate campaign. Prices start at just £1.

Officers are actively encouraging people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police straight away on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

For more information, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or Derbyshire Dales District Council on 01629 761 100.

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