Derbyshire Dales residents are being reminded that they can now boost security with £5 shed alarms available locally.
Over recent months, police have received reports of sheds, garages and outbuildings being broken into, with valuable items such as quad bikes, mountain bikes and power tools being stolen by thieves.
Following the thefts, Safer Neighbourhood officers are reminding residents that they can easily pick up discounted security devices from local businesses to help improve their security and protect their sheds, garages and outbuildings from being targeted by thieves.
Shed alarms can be purchased for £5 each at all the District Council's four leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth, as well as Hathersage Post Office, Bradwell Post Office and Wirksworth Town Hall.
The team will also be heading out on the beat to deter thieves and catch offenders in the act, along with chatting with residents about the steps that they can take to boost their security. Advice includes:
- Fit a good quality lock to secure your shed, garage or outbuilding and make sure that it is appropriate to the strength of the door and frame;
- Consider purchasing a shed alarm to help to deter a thief and secure any bikes with a quality chain even if they are inside the shed or garage;
- Ensure that valuables are kept out of view from passers-by and consider covering your windows from the inside to prevent thieves from taking a look;
- Mark all valuables with a property marking system such as SmartWater as this makes your belongings much less attractive to thieves as they realise that the goods can easily be identified as stolen and traced back to the original owner;
- Don’t leave items in your garden that could make the life of a thief any easier. For example, a ladder left out in your garden could be used to get into the upper floor of your home or onto the top of your shed. Likewise, other tools and gardening equipment left outside could be used to break into your home. Just taking a few minutes to lock these items away will greatly increase your security.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or send them a message online by visiting the Derbyshire Constabulary website.