Posted on 2nd May 2013
Officers from New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are giving crime prevention advice during a crackdown on shed and garage break-ins.
The team have set those crimes as their new policing priority and will be focusing on it for at least the next three months in addition to their regular duties.
It follows a rise in the number of reported thefts from sheds and outbuildings in the area in recent weeks.
As part of their efforts, officers are heading out into the community to chat to local people about their home security.
They are also offering tips on how people can easily improve the safety of their sheds and other property and protect themselves from criminals.
PCSO Will Brockett, from the team, said: “People sometimes think it’s only houses that thieves will try to get into but they just as often target sheds and garages.
“We’ve noticed a rise in the number of reported thefts from those recently, with items such as push bikes and power tools being taken.
“Having anything stolen causes huge distress but there are steps you can take to make it harder for a criminal to take your belongings.
“Burglars look for easy ways to get into a house or garden so by taking some of these simple precautions, you can reduce the risk of being targeted at all.
“We also want people to be vigilant and to report anything they think is suspicious by calling 101 or, in an emergency, 999.”
Crime prevention tips that the team are urging people to take include:
- Don’t leave valuable property in a shed or garage that is either unlocked or so run down that it is no obstacle to a thief. If you suspect it might not stand up to an attack by a criminal then don’t store items such as your bike or lawnmower inside.
- Fit decent locks to your shed door. The fittings should be bolted through the door and reinforced on the back, and try to use concealed screws.
- Chicken wire or metal grilles fixed to the inside of shed windows with wooden or metal batons will deter the burglar. You could also just cover up the windows so valuables aren’t on show.
- Use extra security measures inside your shed. For example, use chains to lock bikes or tools to the floor or walls inside a locked shed. Make it as hard as possible for a thief to get away with your goods.
- Mark all of your valuables with your postcode and name. This means that if your items are stolen and later recovered, we can return them to you as quickly as possible. You could also consider high-tech security marking kit such as SmartWater.
For more information, call the team on 101.
To report suspicious behaviour or a crime, call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or, in an emergency, 999. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.