A rise in break-ins where offenders are using garden ornaments and equipment to smash their way into Ilkeston homes has prompted local police to issue a warning.
Safer Neighbourhood Sgt John Troup told the Advertiser that home owners need to take precautions to ensure they don’t become victims.
He said: “There has been a rise in these offences in the past few weeks.
“Offenders have been using items that have been left in gardens by home owners with a bird bath being one of the objects used to commit an offence.
“These incidents are taking place during the day as well as evenings.
“I would urge people where possible to remove any items such as garden forks and shovels or anything else that could be used to force entry into their home and lock them away in a shed.”
To report any similar incidents or for more advice on how to protect your home call police on the non-emergency number 101.