Posted on 31st May 2011
Officers from several Amber Valley Safer Neighbourhood teams have hit the streets of Belper to urge people to secure their valuables after a rise in thefts.
There have been a total of 28 thefts from sheds, garages and vehicles since the beginning of May.
Officers handed out ‘don’t bother’ kits to residents, specifically targeting trades people with work vans. The kit contains window stickers that read ‘stop, no valuables’ and a ‘don’t bother’ card that warns would-be thieves that the vehicle has been emptied of all valuable items and sat-nav equipment.
Officers have also been marking property of high value such as power tools. The property is marked with a special UV pen; if property is lost or stolen this makes it easier to be traced back to the owner.
Sgt Richard Booth who is the lead for Safer Neighbourhood policing in Belper said: “Due to the number of recent thefts, specifically of power tools, we would like to remind residents of the importance of securing their vehicles, sheds, garages and out buildings.
“It is essential that items of value are removed from vehicles and not left on display. Also, residents should ensure that a heavy-duty lock is used on sheds, garages and out buildings to deter would-be thieves.
“As the holiday season is fast approaching we urge people when away to keep all side gates locked and ensure that security lighting is working properly. Make sure that garages are used to store your vehicle and not just household items. Also check that your burglar alarm is in full working order, and finally do not leave valuables on display.”
For further crime prevention advice contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 0345 123 3333 or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk