Posted on 12th August 2015
Fishing enthusiasts in the Derby East Policing Section are being encouraged to secure their equipment following thefts in the area.
Over recent weeks, police have received reports of fishing tackle, rods and reels being stolen from sheds and vehicles in Alvaston and Derby.
The most recent incident, which took place sometime between 6pm on Friday, July 31 and 6.30pm the following day, saw thieves driving off in a beige coloured Vauxhall Astra containing a laptop and a quantity of expensive fishing equipment.
The 2008 registered vehicle was parked on the driveway of a property on Rosemary Drive in Alvaston during the incident.
Police have also received reports of fishing equipment being stolen from a shed on Bower Street in Derby and from two vehicles, one on Osmaston Road in Derby, and the other from Hatfield Road in Alvaston.
Following the incidents, Safer Neighbourhood officers will be carrying out increased patrols and are asking fishermen to ensure that their equipment is stored securely and out of view from would-be thieves.
T/Sergeant Simon Hawley said: “Over recent weeks we have received a number of reports of fishing equipment being stolen across the policing section so I would ask people to take extra steps to boost their security and protect their property from thieves.
“This includes making sure all equipment is stored properly and out of view from prying eyes and to consider marking their valuables with a security marking fluid. This can help to deter criminals and help us to return items to their rightful owners if they are stolen and later recovered.
“I would also encourage people to make note of any serial numbers of their equipment so that this information can be passed to us when reporting a crime. Again, this can help us to return the kit to you quickly if it is found.”
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, or to pick up further security tips call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.