How to beat garden thieves

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GREEN-fingered residents will be given tips on how to keep their gardening equipment safe at a crime prevention event on Monday.

Police in Chesterfield are working with Dunston Hall Garden Centre to offer advice and free safety equipment following a spate of shed break-ins.

Officers will be at the garden centre from 1pm, giving away free shed alarms and tamper-proof screws.

They will also be offering advice on how to make properties less attractive to thieves by installing security lighting, locking garden gates and using gravel as a deterrent.

Police Community Support Officer Hannah Blockwell said: “At this time of year we generally see an increase in the number of shed burglaries, with thieves often targeting new gardening equipment.”