Police in New Mills and Hayfield have launched a crackdown after an increase in thefts from sheds, garages and outbuildings in the area.
Between Thursday July 3 and Saturday July 5 offenders gained entry to the garden of a property on Torr Vale Road, New Mills, and forced the padlock off the garden shed before taking a red and black Cube mountain bike.
A white and black coloured Scott mountain bike was stolen from the garden shed of a property on Heather Falls, New Mills, overnight between July 3 and July 4.
And offenders have also tried to gain entry to garden sheds at properties on Peak Road, Lee Street and High Lea Road earlier this month.
Operation Anastase will see officers from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team heading out on increased patrols at key times to target offenders. The team is also encouraging residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity straight away.
Sergeant Phil Booth, from the team, said: “As people spend more time in their gardens, sheds are left insecure with sometimes very expensive power tools, bikes and garden equipment being left on show.
“I would like to urge all residents to check that any outbuildings, sheds or garages are properly secure and that all valuable items are kept out of view.”