Police in Chesterfield are offering residents the chance to pick up anti-theft screws following three shed burglaries.
The most recent happened sometime overnight between Monday, February 3, and Tuesday, February 4, on Chesterfield Road, Staveley. A lawn mower was stolen.
A set of step ladders was taken from a shed on Compton Street, Chesterfield, during the evening of Thursday, January 30, and a shed on Peak View Road, Brockwell, was also reported as being broken into but nothing was stolen.
To help protect sheds residents are advised to:
Always make sure your shed, garage or outhouse is locked;
Install security lighting around sheds and garages;
Fit high-quality padlocks on all shed and garage doors;
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;
Keep tools in a locked box;
Fit a shed alarm;
Mark your property with a UV pen or Smartwater.
The screws, which are being offered to residents free of charge, are special one-way devices that simply replace the standard screws and are fitted to hinges and prevent them from being tampered with.
For advice or to pick up some anti-theft screws, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into Chesterfield Police Station.
Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.