Derbyshire residents advised to protect homes from metal thieves

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RESIDENTS in North Derbyshire are being urged to keep metal thieves at bay by making sure they lock away any items of value which are left outside.

North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership, which includes Derbyshire police, North East Derbyshire District Council and many other partnership agencies, is issuing advice during the summer months, when opportunist thieves are most likely to steal valuables left in gardens.

Householders are reminded that things like bikes, tools, ladders and gardening equipment should be kept in a secure shed, with a good quality lock or alarm fitted.

Police Partnership Sgt. Paul Smith said: “We are asking residents and businesses to help us to reduce the risk of metal thefts in the area by ensuring that any metal items are locked away, or if not needed then taken to a scrap dealer or disposed of at a recycling centre.

“Unfortunately with the current high price for metal, there is a temptation for thieves to take scrap items which are left out in the open or within easy reach and weighing them in for cash.”

Cllr Lilian Robinson, Chair of the Partnership, said: “Even things that may not appear to be of particularly high value at first glance could be exactly the kind of thing that thieves looking to cash in on the high price of metal are after.

“The advice is simple – don’t take any chances.

“Make sure you lock all your belongings away in secure outbuildings to help protect your home and property from opportunist thieves.”

For more information or crime prevention advice, please call the team on 01246 231111 or visit www.nedcsp.org.uk.

To report suspicious activity contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or if you have information about crime you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.