An increase in the number of sheds being broken into has sparked a warning from police and advice on crime prevention.
PC Russ Crooks, of the Ilkeston Rural Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team , said that warmer weather could be behind the spike as more people get out in the garden, but warned that some people might be neglecting shed security.
Last weekend more than 300 homes across Ilkeston were visited by the police, who issued advice about outbuilding security and made residents more aware of the rise in shed crime.
The PC added: “Our advice was welcomed by the local residents.
“Unfortunately we did see a number of keys left in doors by mistake, so hopefully our timely reminder will lead to more residents ensuring that all aspects of their home are secure, which in turn should lead to a reduction in these types of crimes.”
The policing team also distributed shed alarms, shed locks and bike locks to those residents who they felt needed to improve their outdoor security.