Posted on 5th December 2013
Police are increasing patrols and giving crime prevention advice to homeowners after a series of shed break-ins across Derby, Erewash and South Derbyshire.
Over the past week, thieves have forced their way into sheds and stolen items including power tools and mountain bikes.
A total of 14 sheds in Crabtree Hill, Woodlands Close and Duffield Road, Little Eaton, were broken into between Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5.
Those offences come after a series shed break-ins in areas of Derby, Erewash and South Derbyshire over the last fortnight.
Officers from Ilkeston Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team, which covers Little Eaton, are increasing patrols in the area to deter thieves and make people aware of the steps they can take to protect their property.
PC Russ Crooks, from the team, said: “We’re carrying out extra patrols to see where people can improve their security and give them advice on how to do so.
“Thieves will only target a shed or outbuilding if it’s easy and worth it, so we want people to think about keeping valuables indoors and investing in kit such as shed alarms and spotlights.
“By being vigilant and mindful of security, hopefully people can prevent a crime from happening in the first place and avoid the distress that comes with it.”
Members of the public are also being urged to report suspicious activity as soon as it happens by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Other crime prevention advice includes:
- Install security lighting around sheds and garages;
- Fit high-quality padlocks on all shed and garage doors;
- Do not leave garden tools or other items outdoors, as these could be used to break through doors or windows;
- If your outbuilding has windows, consider reinforcing them with wood to deter thieves;
- If you store bikes or high-value lawn mowers in your outbuilding, install a fixed post inside that you can chain them to, and consider keeping bikes indoors;
- Keep tools in a locked box and in your house where possible;
- Fit a shed alarm;
- Mark your property with a UV pen or products such as SmartWater, and register valuables for free on the secure website www.immobilise.com. These can help police trace the owners of recovered stolen property.
To find out more about crime prevention, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.
If you have any information relating to shed break-ins across the area, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.