In an emergency always call 999

Thieves steal high value bikes and tools after targeting Birch Vale sheds

Posted on 25th April 2016

People living in Birch Vale and Hayfield are being urged to step up security after thieves target sheds and outbuildings in the area.

Over recent weeks, police have received reports of thieves breaking into sheds and making off with high value bikes and tools from properties in Birch Vale and Hayfield. Incidents have taken place along Swallow House Lane, Station Road, New Mills Road, and at Bank Cottages.

Following the thefts, officers from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team will be stepping up high visibility and plain clothes patrols in the area to help deter criminals and catch offenders in the act.

The policing team are also working with their colleagues at neighbouring forces, including Greater Manchester Police, Cheshire Police and the British Transport Police, to target the thieves and help clamp down on any travelling criminality.

Sergeant Phil Booth from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We are working hard to find those responsible for the thefts and we would like to ask everyone to think about the security of their own property and the steps that they can take to better protect it from being targeted by thieves. We are also asking people to consider fitting security lighting outside of their properties to help light it up and discourage criminals, it is a great deterrent.

“You are our eyes and ears so if you do see anything suspicious please call us on 101 as it happens, or always dial 999 if you feel a crime is being committed. This can really make a difference and help us to stop thieves in their tracks.

“We are offering free bike marking and home security surveys to help make your valuables less attractive to thieves and less easy for them to access. Please get in touch to arrange a visit.”

Top tips for protecting your sheds, garages and outbuildings from thieves 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;
  • Photograph and record details of any items in your outbuildings should they ever be stolen;
  • 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.

To arrange a home security visit or for further advice, call the team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here

For the latest policing news in your community, 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.