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Kilburn residents urged to protect their property from thieves

Posted on 8th January 2015

Residents in Kilburn are being urged to boost their home security following recent burglaries in the area.

Cash was stolen from a property on Vincent Close, Kilburn after thieves gained entry through the rear patio doors.

The incident happened sometime between 5.30am and 6am on Saturday, January 3.

On the same night, officers were alerted to an incident after a resident disturbed an offender attempting to gain entry into their property by reaching through the kitchen window.

The incident took place at a property on Mayfield Avenue, Kilburn, where the would-be thief ran off empty handed.

Officers from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out increased patrols in the area and are asking residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity to them.

PC Neil Hopwell from the policing team said: “I would encourage residents to consider their home security to better protect their property from being targeted by thieves.

“Make sure that windows and doors are kept locked, even if you are at home, as is it only takes seconds for an opportunist burglar to get into your property and make off with your valuables.

“If you would like further crime prevention advice or your property security marked then contact us on 101.”

Other crime prevention advice includes:

  • Ensure your property is fitted with locking windows and substantial locks on doors as this will deter criminals;
  • Leave a light on if you are heading out and buy timer switches to turn lights on at a specific point;
  • Fit a burglar alarm and if you already have one, use it at all opportunities;
  • Keep valuables out of sight and consider placing high-value Christmas presents in a secure place instead of under the tree;
  • Mark your property with kit such as SmartWater and get bikes security marked, too;
  • Register valuables for free on the secure website, which helps police reunite recovered stolen items with their owners;
  • Be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately to the police on 999 if a crime is in progress, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

If you have any information about the incidents or would like any further advice contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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