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Derbyshire residents encouraged to spruce up their garden security

Posted on 27th March 2015

Homeowners across Derbyshire are being encouraged to spruce up the security of their gardens, sheds and garages.  

With the winter months slowly becoming a distant memory and spring approaching, it may be time to think about digging out your tools and turning your attention to the garden now that the weather is improving.

Many people store their gardening equipment, tools, bikes and BBQs in their shed and, unfortunately, this means that these outbuildings are often seen as an easy target by thieves.

Thankfully, there are steps that can be taken to boost your security and help to protect your tools and gardening equipment from being targeted by criminals.

Crime prevention advice includes:

  • 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;
  • 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.

If you would like more advice or to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non- emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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