Posted on 17th June 2015
Police are appealing for information after a number of high value mountain bikes and tools were stolen from sheds in New Mills.
Overnight between 11pm on Tuesday, June 9 and 7.30am the following day, thieves cut the bolt and chain from a shed along Church Road in New Mills.
Three bikes were stolen, including a white Genesis Mantle 20, a blue and white Giant Anthem and a white a black YT Industries Wicked Pro. A jet wash and a number of tools were also taken.
On the same night, a Trek Elite mountain bike was stolen from a shed along St Georges Road.
Two mountain bikes, a grey Saracen and a grey GT model, were stolen after thieves forced their way into a garage along Dyehouse Lane, New Mills. The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between Monday, June 8 and Wednesday, June 10.
Over the same time frame, gardening tools were stolen from a shed on the grounds of Ollersett Fields Allotment Gardens in New Mills.
Police are appealing to anyone with any information about the incidents, or the whereabouts of the stolen goods, to get in touch.
Following the incidents, officers are urging residents to ensure that their sheds, garages and outbuildings are properly secure and that their bikes are secured with a quality lock and marked with a security fluid such as SmartWater.
Other top tips on 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 any of the incidents above is asked to contact police on 101, quoting master crime number 24307/15, 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