Police in New Mills are reminding locals to make sure their sheds and gardens are secure following a spate of break-ins in the area.
Between 11pm on January 6 and 7.30am on January 7, offenders gained entry to five sheds on Lower Hague.
A strimmer, which was taken from inside one of the sheds, was found close by following the incident.
Although nothing was stolen on this occasion, the incident has prompted officers to remind residents of the best way to protect their property.
Advice includes fitting a good quality lock; consider purchasing a shed alarm to deter a thief and secure any bikes with a quality chain; ensure valuables are kept out of view and consider covering windows from the inside; mark all valuables with a property marking system and don’t leave items in your garden that could make the life of a thief any easier, ie a ladder which could be used to gain access to the upper floor of your home.
Anyone with information about the shed break-ins should contact PC David Collier on 101, quoting crime number 908/15.