Shed burglaries become new policing priority for Hope Valley

Posted on 24th April 2013

Police officers from Hope Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team will be focusing on the issue of shed break-ins for the next three months.

The team, together with members of the public, agreed to set the policing priority profile at their most recent governance meeting.

It follows an increase in the number of shed and garage break-ins across the area in recent weeks.

For the next three months, they will be increasing patrols in problem areas and helping residents protect their outbuildings with kit such as shed and garage alarms and security lights.

Officers will also be giving crime prevention advice to people living in the Hope Valley, and urging residents to report any suspicious activity immediately so police can act before a crime is committed.

PCSO Steven Rogers, from the team, said: “We’ve had an increase in burglaries of this type and therefore want to tackle it as soon as possible.

“There are several quick, easy security steps people can take to better protect their property, such as with alarms, decent locks and security lights.

“We’ll be making people aware of these steps as well as carrying out extra patrols to make the area as safe and crime-free as we can.

"We also want people to know how important it is for them to report suspicious activity. If something doesn't sit right, call us and we may be able to stop a crime before it has happened."

The most recent governance meeting was held on Wednesday, April 17. The next will be in three months’ time, when the team will update members of the public on the priority profile and ask them to help set the next ones.

To find out more or to speak to the team, call 101.

To report suspicious behaviour or a crime, call the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if it is an emergency. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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