POLICE are appealing for information and encouraging gardeners to keep sheds secure after a number of thefts.
Tools, electrical equipment and outdoor clothing have been stolen from nine sheds at an allotment site off Ashfield Road, Hasland, Chesterfield.
The incidents were reported to police on Sunday, February 3, but it is thought they could have happened between that time and Sunday, January 20.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “Officers are investigating these incidents and appealing for help from the public.
“We would also ask allotments owners to keep a watchful eye out, report any suspicious behaviour around the site and to make sure their shed is secure.”
Security advice for gardens and allotments includes: Make sure your shed is secure, that there are no panels which could be easily damaged and fit good quality locks and an alarm. Consider installing outdoor motion-sensor security lights. Security mark items in your shed and any valuable items that might be in your garden. Consider securing items such as ladders, bikes or large power tools in your shed by chaining them to a strong anchor point. Put all your tools and any children’s bikes or outdoor toys securely away once they are finished with. Planting bushes with prickly leaves or thorns close to any entry points could deter a potential thief, but make sure they don’t grow too high. A gravel pathway or driveway can also act as a good deterrent.
Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.