Farmers are being encouraged to boost the security of their land and outbuildings following an attempted theft in Tansley.
Sometime overnight between 6pm on Monday, February 22 and 10am the following day, offenders entered a farm premises off Oaksedge Lane in Tansley, Matlock.
Once on the land, would-be thieves then forced the lock from one barn and caused damage by attempting to break into a second. Thankfully, nothing was stolen.
Following the theft, police are encouraging homeowners living in the rural communities to be vigilant and take steps to boost the security of their barns, sheds and other outbuildings.
This includes using good quality locks suitable for the strength of the door, marking valuable items with a security fluid such as SmartWater, installing motion light sensors and further securing items such as quad bikes with a chain inside the outbuilding.
Police are also encouraging farmers to sign up to the dedicated Farm Watch scheme to help cut crime in the rural communities.
Farm Watch is a free service which is led by police and partners including Derbyshire Dales and High Peak local authorities, Derbyshire County Council and the NFU.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact PC Gary Ferguson on 101, quoting crime number 8154/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information about the Farm Watch scheme or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.