Police shed security advice

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POLICE are reminding residents to be security conscious following a spate of shed and garage burglaries in the Hasland area.

Officers are asking residents to ensure they fit a good quality lock to outbuildings and consider using a shed alarm to deter thieves after reports of a number of thefts of expensive garden tools and equipment.

Sometime between 6pm on Monday, February 20 and 5pm on Tuesday, February 21 thieves broke into a shed in the garden of a house on Storforth Lane.

They stole a lawnmower, tool box, chain saw and garden furniture.

Community Safety Partnership Sergeant Les Rawson said: “Traditionally thefts from gardens and shed burglaries increase as the weather gets warmer. We want to make sure this type of crime doesn’t happen and by taking a few simple precautions owners can keep their property safe.

“Many people store items such as mountain bikes, motorbikes, golf clubs, DIY power tools, lawn mowers and other garden equipment in their sheds. Let’s make it difficult for the criminals and fit good locks to our property.”

Derbyshire Constabulary has a limited number of shed alarms and tamper resistant screws available to residents in the area.

Anyone wanting a shed alarm or crime prevention advice is asked to call Crime Reduction Officer PC Russ Smith on the non-emergency number 101.