Garden thefts warning

People in Amber Valley are being urged to ensure their gardens, sheds and outbuildings are secure after a number of thefts over the last two weeks.

Since Monday, July 16 there have been a total of eight incidents where hanging baskets, planters, garden furniture and ornaments have been stolen from outside houses in Belper, Holbrook, Milford, Heanor and Denby Village.

The latest happened sometime overnight between Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. A hanging basket was stolen from outside a property on Ladywood Avenue, Belper.

During the same time officers have received 15 reports of sheds, garages and other outbuildings being broken into in the Amber Valley area.

The most recent incident took place sometime between Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26. A stable building off the A610 at Ripley was broken into and horse tack, tools and electrical equipment was stolen.

Other incidents have been reported in Crich, Somercotes, Ambergate, Quarndon, Ironville, Morley, South Normanton, Alfreton and Duffield.

PC Chris Anthony of the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We would like to remind residents to make sure their sheds, outbuildings and any garden items are secure, as we’ve experienced an increased number of thefts in the Amber Valley area.

“Residents can secure items like hanging baskets with strong cable ties and should remove items of garden furniture from view, preferably storing the items in a locked shed or garage when not in use. Always make sure that sheds and outbuildings are secure and consider investing in good quality locks, alarmed locks or screws that once fitted cannot be removed.”

Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.