Shed theft warning

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DERBYSHIRE Dales residents have been warned to be on their guard against opportunist thieves who target garden sheds in the spring and summer.

Operation Rascal is being promoted by the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership aimed at keeping burglaries at the current low rate and maintaining the Dales’ status as one of the safest places in England.

Derbyshire Dales Partnership Sergeant Garry Staples said: “In the spring and summer wooden sheds can become a target for thieves and the main aim of Operation Rascal is to encourage people to take steps to protect expensive items such as mountain bikes, motorbikes, golf clubs, DIY power tools, lawn mowers and other garden equipment.”