Whitwell: Police warning after shed thefts

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Police are urging gardeners and shed owners to ensure their buildings and outhouses are secure following a number of thefts from allotments in Whitwell.

A number of garden tools were stolen from two sheds and a store cupboard at the allotments off Station Road sometime overnight between Monday, 12th August and Tuesday,13th August.

PCSO Kate Lee of the Whitwell and Hodthorpe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has been making local enquiries and is reminding people to make sure their gardens are secure.

She said: “We’re advising allotment holders, gardeners and anyone with a shed to make sure they keep any gates locked, their sheds locked and to security mark any valuable tools or property.

“It is worth investing in good quality locks, and if you see or notice anything suspicious in the area then don’t hesitate to contact the police.”

Police also advise gardeners and shed owners to secure any windows and make sure valuable items are not visible from the outside, if possible, fit an alarm or security lighting, use padlocks and chains to secure high-value items and mark property with a forensic-based kit with your house number and postcode.