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Countywide campaign to tackle shed and garage burglary

Posted on 2nd June 2014

Countywide campaign is launched to tackle shed and garage burglary.

Thefts from shed, garages and outbuildings is a problem particularly in the summer months. As people spend more time in their gardens sheds are left insecure with sometimes very expensive power tools and garden equipment being left on show.

Derbyshire Constabulary are launching a campaign today (Monday, June 2) to help to tackle this type of crime.

A variety of crime prevention initiatives will be taking place across the county where officers will be giving advice to the public on how to secure their property.

In Buxton officers will be working with local garden centres and DIY stores to promote security and hand out leaflets on securing items that the public have purchased. In Chesterfield regular officers will be working with special constables to distribute leaflets across the town on shed security and crime prevention and in Derby property marking events are being held to encourage people to mark their property to ensure that it is traceable if stolen.

Detective Chief Inspector Julian Wilson from Chesterfield CID said: “We would like to remind all residents to secure their sheds and out buildings. A way to try and prevent this would be to invest in a padlock or shed alarm and to use reverse hinges with bolts where the fastening mechanism is on the inside.

“Also look at the security lighting surrounding your property and cut back any shrubbery which may be creating a screen for burglars to hide behind. Please ensure that valuable items are not left on display.”

For further crime prevention advise contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

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