Posted on 15th April 2014
Police are heading out on targeted patrols and encouraging residents to remain vigilant following a number of thefts from allotments in Whitfield, Glossop.
Between 6pm on Friday, April 11 and 9.30am on Saturday, April 12, offenders forced entry into a shed at an allotment on Gladstone Street, Glossop.
A red Mantis cultivator was taken from the property.
Overnight between Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9, offenders attempted to gain entry to a garden shed at an allotment on Gladstone Street. No items were taken from the premises.
Officers from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team will be heading out on increased targeted patrols in the area and are actively encouraging residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
The team will be speaking to people about the steps that they can take to improve their security to deter criminals. This will include investing in shed security kits such as alarms and spotlights and keeping valuable items inside.
Other crime prevention advice includes:
- Install security lighting around sheds and garages;
- Fit high-quality padlocks on all shed and garage doors;
- Do not leave garden tools or other items outdoors, as these could be used to break through doors or windows;
- If your outbuilding has windows, consider reinforcing them with wood to deter thieves;
- If you store bikes or high-value lawn mowers in your outbuilding, install a fixed post inside that you can chain them to, and consider keeping bikes indoors;
- Keep tools in a locked box and in your house where possible;
- Fit a shed alarm;
- Mark your property with a UV pen or products such as SmartWater, and register valuables for free on the secure website www.immobilise.com. These can help police trace the owners of recovered stolen property.
To find out more about crime prevention, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to call PCSO Sarah Walsh on 101.