Glossop Police are to head out on increased patrols following a number of thefts from allotments in Whitfield, Glossop.
Officers from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team will be heading out on targeted patrols following two recent incidents. Between 6pm on Friday 11th April and 9:30am on Saturday 12th April, offenders forced entry into a shed at an allotment on Gladstone Street, Glossop. A red Mantis cultivator was taken from the property.
This followed an incident overnight between Tuesday 8th April and Wednesday 9th April when offenders attempted to gain entry to a garden shed at another Gladstone Street allotment. No items were taken from the premises.
As well going out on the patrols, officers are encouraging residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. They will also be speaking to people about the steps that they can take to improve their security to deter criminals.
Police have released the following advice for residents:
- Invest in shed security kits
- Keep valuables inside and secure
- Install security lighting around sheds and garages;
- Fit high-quality padlocks on all shed and garage doors;
- Do not leave garden tools or other items outdoors, as these could be used to break through doors or windows;
- If your outbuilding has windows, consider reinforcing them with wood to deter thieves;
- If you store bikes or high-value lawn mowers in your outbuilding, install a fixed post inside that you can chain them to, and consider keeping bikes indoors;
- Keep tools in a locked box and in your house where possible;
- Fit a shed alarm;
- Mark your property with a UV pen or products such as SmartWater, and register valuables for free on the secure website www.immobilise.com. These can help police trace the owners of recovered stolen property.
Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to call PCSO Sarah Walsh on 101.