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Police issue crime prevention advice following New Mills shed breaks

Posted on 9th January 2015

Police in New Mills are asking residents to ensure that sheds and gardens are properly secure following recent incidents in the area.

Overnight between 11pm on Tuesday, January 6 and 7.30am on Wednesday, January 7, offenders gained entry into five sheds along Lower Hague in New Mills.

A strimmer, which was taken from inside one of the sheds, was found close by following the incident.

Although nothing was stolen on this occasion, the incident has prompted officers to issue advice to help residents to protect their property from being targeted by criminals.

Simple steps to 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.

Anyone with any information about the incident, or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area, is asked to contact PC David Collier on 101, quoting crime number 908/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more crime prevention advice, or to speak to the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, and follow the team on Twitter: @NewMillsSNT

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