Police issue warning to residents of Derbyshire town after recent spike in thefts

Residents of a Derbyshire town have been urged to secure their property after an increase in thefts.

Tuesday, 7th June 2022, 11:35 am

The Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team have issued advice to residents of the town after a recent rise in garage thefts.

A Facebook post by the team read: “Many people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes – often using an easy-to-break lock or padlock to protect valuable contents such as a car, bike or lawnmower.

“An opportunistic burglar will try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to break into the main house.”

Residents have been advised on how to keep their property safe.

The SNT recommended that people try to “think like a thief” – considering how you would break into your own property, and whether there are any vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.

They said that garages and sheds should always be locked and alarmed, and if possible, CCTV should be installed. Items inside should also be locked away or secured with a chain. The team advised draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.

Marking items was also recommended – whether painting tools with your name and postcode, or opting for forensic marking.

Any incidents can be reported to Derbyshire Police using one of the below methods:

Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary

Twitter – direct message the force’s contact centre on @DerPolContact

Website – complete the online contact form

Phone – call 999 if the incident is taking place – otherwise, call 101

You can also anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.