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High Peak residents encouraged to boost shed security

Posted on 10th February 2017

Residents in the High Peak are being encouraged to step up their shed security following recent thefts.

Over the past week, we have received reports of thieves breaking in to sheds and garages and making off with tools and high value bikes. This includes Princes Road in Fairfield, Elnor Avenue in Whaley Bridge, and properties in New Mills and Birch Vale.

Following the incidents, Safer Neighbourhood officers will be stepping up patrols and speaking to residents about the simple steps that they can take to better protect their property from being targeted by opportunists.

Sergeant Denis Murphy said: “Thieves are opportunists and are out for an easy steal. It is important that residents think about the security of their own sheds, garages and outbuildings and the steps that they can take to protect them from thieves.

“Firstly, it is important to 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.

“For added security, consider purchasing a shed alarm and secure any bikes with a quality chain even if they are inside the shed or garage.

“Finally, 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.”

Other crime prevention advice for boosting shed and garden security include:

  • 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;
  • Report any suspicious activity to  police as it is happening to help stop a crime from taking place.

For further crime prevention advice, or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call 101.

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