Crime prevention tour planned in Grindleford

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Police are going on a crime prevention tour around Grindleford next week.

Officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team will be based in the mobile police office and also visiting homes in the village.

They will be speaking to residents, offering crime prevention advice and offering people the chance to buy reduced-price security items such as door shed alarms, padlocks and letterbox covers.

It is at a time where people sheds and gardens will be used more frequently and also when they are more at risk of being targeted by opportunist thieves.

The alarms have been provided by the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, which includes Derbyshire police, the county and district councils.

They are on offer to buy for £4 from officers or collected from police stations Bakewell, Matlock and Ashbourne, and free security warning signs can be collected with the alarm or from Matlock Town Hall.

Team Sergeant Andy Wordsworth said: “In the warmer weather wooden sheds can become a target for thieves and we want to encourage residents to take steps to protect their shed and any valuable items that might be in them such as bikes, golf clubs, power tools and lawn mowers.

“By following advice, which includes fitting and using a good quality lock, installing a shed alarm act as great deterrent. They usually retail at around £8 but are being sold at half price thanks to a subsidy by the Community Safety Partnership.”

Residents are asked to help prevent sheds from being broken into by:

Protecting the boundary and access to gardens with fences, walls and lockable gates.

Locating your shed where you can clearly see its door and window from your house.

Using a good quality padlock/hasp or mortice lock on the door. If using a hasp, ensure the screws are covered and cannot be accessed by a screw driver.

Ensuring the hinges cannot be easily removed.

Making sure the doors and panels are strong enough not to be kicked in or forced.

Covering windows and fitting perspex or laminated glass.

Covering the shed with a security light.

Using a ground anchor to secure bikes or other valuables in the shed.

Locking valuables together to prevent them being easily removed.

Visibly and permanently marking your property.

The offer is part of a campaign, named Operation Rascal by the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, which aims of keeping the number of burglaries low.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, who is also Chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership said: “Home Office figures confirm the Derbyshire Dales remains among the safest places in England, and partnership campaigns such as Operation Rascal contribute to this encouraging statistic, making the Dales such a great place to live, work and visit.”

The village visit will take place on Monday, April 2 and officers will be at the mobile police office at the playing field car park, near the bridge at Grindleford from 9am.

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or by visiting the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk.