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Holmesfield residents urged to secure their outbuildings

Posted on 16th January 2015

Dronfield residents are being urged to boost the security of their sheds, garages and outbuildings following a number of thefts in the Holmesfield area.

Between 9.30am and 5pm on Tuesday, January 6, offenders entered an outbuilding at a property on Horsleygate Road, Holmesfield and stole items including a Stihl chainsaw, Dewalt drill and horse tack from within. (CR/1344/15)

A chainsaw and toolbox were stolen from the garage of a property on Cartledge Lane, Holmesfield after offenders used tools to cause damage and force open the door.

The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 6pm on Saturday, January 3 and 10.45am on Friday, January 9. (CR/1243/15)

Between 5.30pm on Wednesday, January 7 and 7.40am on Thursday, January 8, a Makita angle grinder and building materials were stolen after thieves prised open the door of a garage on Cartledge Lane, Holmesfield. (CR/1032/15)

Other non-dwelling burglaries have taken place in Unstone, Barlow and Holmesfield over the past month.

Police are urging homeowners to ensure that any sheds, garages and outbuildings are properly secure and that valuables are kept out of view from passers-by.

Crime prevention advice for boosting security of sheds, garages and outbuildings 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.

Anyone with any information about the above incidents is asked to contact police on 101 quoting the crime number above, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

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