POLICE are urging residents to step up their security after a spate of shed and garage break-ins in north Derbyshire.
In one raid, which took place between 6pm on Monday, February 20, and 5pm the following day, thieves broke into a shed in the garden of a house on Storforth Lane, Hasland, Chesterfield.
The thieves stole a lawnmower, toolbox, chainsaw and garden furniture during the raid.
Now officers are urging residents to fit good quality locks to outbuildings and shed alarms to deter thieves from targeting their property.
Sergeant Les Rawson, of the community safety partnership, 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, lawnmowers and other garden equipment in their sheds.
“Let’s make it difficult for the criminals and fit good locks to our property.”
n For crime prevention advice, call PC Russ Smith, crime prevention officer, on 101.