A spate of burglaries in Belper and Duffield has prompted police to issue a warning.
Six sheds and garages have been targeted by thieves since the start of December. In the most recent incident thieves broke into five garages off Marsh Lane in Belper sometime overnight between Thursday, December 20 and Friday, December 21.
A number of items were stolen including food one family had stored ready for Christmas. Other incidents have happened on Findern Close, Heydon Close, Far Laund and Yardley Way in Belper and on Church Road in Quarndon.
Sgt. Neil Glover, of the Belper Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We can often underestimate the value of the items we store in sheds and garages, and for one family, replacing the food they had bought for Christmas will be an expense and inconvenience they can do without.
“I would strongly encourage residents to keep their garages and outbuildings locked and secure, particularly overnight. Use good quality lock and install simple measures such as lighting triggered by movement or an alarm if you can, as they can be a very effective deterrent to thieves.”
Sgt. Glover added: “Patrols are being carried out by our local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams and I would urge anyone with information, or who might have seen or heard anything suspicious, to contact us.”
Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.