CHESTERFIELD: Tools stolen from sheds at allotment site

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Police in Chesterfield are appealing for information after a number of sheds were broken into on an allotment site.

Tools and gardening equipment were stolen from the sheds at St Augustines Allotment Gardens on St Augustines Avenue sometime between April 1 and April 5.

A shed in the garden of a property on St Augustines Mount was also targeted between 4pm and 6pm on April 3. A lawn mower and a strimmer were stolen.

Officers from the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have been making enquiries in the local area.

They are also offering crime prevention advice to allotment owners and gardeners.

PCSO Kirsty Handby, of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It is possible that the recent thefts in the St Augustines area could be connected to some similar incidents at allotments in Hasland in February.

“If anyone knows anything about these thefts, or saw anything suspicious in the area please let us know.

“We would also ask people to make sure that their sheds are secure and to consider making them less attractive to a potential thief, especially as the warmer months are approaching.”

Crime prevention advice for gardens and sheds include:

• 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 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.