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Whitfield residents urged to secure their sheds, garages and outbuildings

Posted on 26th January 2015

Whitfield residents are being encouraged to ensure that their sheds, garages and outbuildings are properly secure following recent break-ins in the area.

An Acer monitor and an external modem were stolen after thieves kicked through the door of an outbuilding at a property on Hague Street, Glossop. The incident took place sometime between 5pm and midnight on Wednesday, January 21. (2973/15)

Overnight between 4pm on Wednesday, January 21 and 8am on Thursday, January 22, offenders broke the lock off a side gate of a garden on Hague Street, Glossop.

Once inside, thieves then forced entry into a garden shed and stole a Ryobi hedge trimmer and a Makita TR2500 hedge trimmer from within. (CR/2981/15)

Officers are urging anyone with any information about the incidents to contact them.

These incidents have prompted police to issue a security reminder to encourage residents to take steps to further protect their property from criminals.   

Simple steps for boosting shed and garden security include:

  • Fit a good quality lock to secure your shed, garage or outbuilding and make sure that it is appropriate to the strength of the door and frame;
  • 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;
  • Mark all valuables with a property marking system such as SmartWater as this makes your belongings much less attractive to thieves as they realise that the goods can easily be identified as stolen and traced back to the original owner;
  • 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. Likewise, other tools and gardening equipment left outside could be used to break into your home. Just taking a few minutes to lock these items away will greatly increase your security.

Officers are actively encouraging residents to report suspicious behaviour to them on 101 to help to stop a crime from happening. Always dial 999 in an emergency.  

Anyone with any information about the incidents, or may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, is asked to contact the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting the crime number above. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For further crime prevention advice or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @GlossopSNT

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