Posted on 25th February 2015
Residents in Dronfield and Holmesfield are being encouraged to step up their shed security following recent thefts.
Over the past few weeks, police have received reports from residents whereby thieves have broken into their garden sheds and stolen property from within.
Following the incidents, police are issuing crime prevention advice to help residents to better protect their property from being targeted by opportunists.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “We have received a number of reports from residents in the Holmesfield and Dronfield area of shed breaks, so I would like to encourage residents to consider the security of their own sheds, garages and outbuildings to further protect their property from being targeted by thieves.
“It is important to ensure that sheds are properly secure, with non-reversible screws applied and a good quality lock fitted to help deter thieves and prevent forced entries.
“Also, wherever possible, avoid leaving valuable property in a shed if it can be stored elsewhere such as in a garage or outbuilding away from view of passers-by.
“Members of the public are our eyes and ears so if you see anyone acting suspiciously in the neighbourhood then contact police promptly.
“Although these measures can prevent thefts, I would urge residents to take extra security steps such as securing property, such as bikes, with additional locks or chains inside the shed.”
Other crime prevention advice for boosting shed and garden security include:
- 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;
- 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.
Non-reversible screws are available by request from your local Safer Neighbourhood team.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.