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Police offer crime prevention advice after Dronfield and Heath burglaries

Posted on 17th April 2015

Police are urging residents to be vigilant and step up security following a number of burglaries in Dronfield and Heath. 

A chainsaw was stolen from a garden shed on private land on Mansfield Road in Heath, Chesterfield, sometime on Friday, April 10.

Thieves made off with power tools after forcing the padlock to an outbuilding on Main Road in Heath, Chesterfield sometime between 8pm on Thursday, April 9 and 7.30am on Friday, April 10.

Sometime between 10pm on Wednesday, April 8 and 8.30am on Thursday, April 9, offenders targeted a garage at a property on Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield.

They forced their way into the outbuilding through a window before taking items from inside and making off.

Sometime between 12pm on Tuesday, April 2 and 1pm on Tuesday, April 7, thieves gained entry to private land on Slack Lane in Heath, Chesterfield through an unsecure gate.

They smashed the window to a shed and stole various items including a bike, lawnmower, hedge trimmer and tools.

Sergeant Aidan Stones said: “We’re urging local residents to step up home and outbuilding security including considering using locks, alarms and lights, in a bid to deter this type of crime.

“We are stepping up patrols in the areas to reassure local people and I’d encourage anyone with information to get in touch using the 101 number.”

Crime prevention advice includes:
• Make sure windows and doors and locked when you leave the house or go to bed;
• Remove house and car keys from view of windows and do not leave them in locks overnight;
• Leave a light on if you are going out after dark or consider using timers and ‘dusk til dawn bulbs’;
• Ensure that sheds, garages and outbuilding are properly secure with quality locks;
• Consider covering the inside of shed windows to prevent passers-by looking in;
• Security mark valuables such as tools and bikes to help deter thieves.

To report any suspicious behaviour in your area call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.