Police warning for garden crime spree

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People in the Belper area are being urged to ensure their gardens, sheds and outbuildings are secure after a number of thefts in the area.

There have been five incidents in and around Belper during July where hanging baskets and garden equipment have been stolen from outside houses in Belper, Duffield, Milford and Ambergate.

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

Electrical tools and a mini-motorcycle were taken when the occupants of an Ambergate home popped out for 45 minutes on Sunday July 22. The incident took place on Holly Lane at 10am.

Thieves removed a shed door from its hinges and stole a lawnmower and a strimmer from an address on Hazelwood Road in Duffield. The break-in happened sometime between 6pm on July 12 and 6pm on July 17.

On the same road, overnight on July 10, thieves gained access to a garage through a side door and took a lawnmower.

Thieves forced locks on outbuildings on Makeney Road in Milford and stole garden tools and oil sometime between June 28 and July 4.

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

PC Chris Anthony said: “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 police on 101.