Free shed locks at Shirebrook

Shed locks and other security equipment are being given out in Shirebrook next week after a significant increase in outbuilding and shed burglaries.

Last month (June) saw 21 offences of this kind in the area, compared to 12 the month before. The latest figures available show that there had been four in the first six days of this month (July).

In response to the upturn, a Crime Cracking event has been organised for Shirebrook by Bolsover Community Safety Partnership.

The Partnership team will set up stall in the town’s marketplace at 10am next Friday (29th July) where residents who are concerned that their garden shed or outbuilding may be insecure can collect a locking hasp and staple pack free of charge.

In addition, Shirebrook police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and Bolsover District Council CAN Rangers have been visiting previous victims of these offences and allotment owners to offer them hasp and staple packs, padlocks, property marking sets and information sheets.

Police officers and CAN Rangers will be helping to man the Partnership stall. Two hundred and fifty hasp and staple packs have been purchased by the Partnership with a further number being funded by the police.

Any not handed out at the Crime Cracking event will be available to Shirebrook residents afterwards from Bolsover District Council’s Contact Centre at 2A Main Street in the town.

Commenting, chairman of the Community Safety Partnership Coun Brian Murray-Carr says: “Shed burglaries tend to be prevalent during the summer and this has been the case in Shirebrook.

“We hope that the event and the other related work we are doing in the area will help to raise awareness of the need to secure sheds and outbuildings and to provide residents with equipment to help them do this.”

Advice on keeping homes, sheds and outbuildings secure is available from the Community Safety Partnership on 01246 242217 or call 0345 123 33 33 and ask to speak to the SNT for your area.