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Mobile police station hits the roads of Ashbourne to remind residents about Operation Illuminate

Posted on 25th October 2013

A crime prevention campaign aimed at helping people safeguard their homes from burglary visits villages in Ashbourne.

Officers from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team headed out onto the streets to offer cut-price crime prevention kits to Derbyshire Dales residents.

PC John Bointon and PCSOs Lucy Blackwell and Kate Wakefield took centre stage at locations in Parwich, Tissington and Carsington to chat to people about the Operation Illuminate home security campaign.


(L-R) PCSO Kate Wakefield, PC John Bointon and PCSO Lucy Blackwell in Tissington Village for Operation Illuminate.  

The scheme, which is led by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, sees police officers and council staff heading out into local communities to speak to people about crime prevention advice.

Items were offered to residents at a discounted cost in a bid to help reduce the risk of burglary over the darker nights. These included timers, indoor and outdoor ‘dusk til dawn’ light bulbs, shed alarms and door chimes.

PC John Bointon from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “As always, we are working hard to combat crime in neighbourhoods and Operation Illuminate is just one of the ways that we can do this.

“With the clocks going back this weekend it is a great time to head out into the rural communities to chat to residents about increasing their security, especially now that the darker nights are drawing in.

“Giving people the chance to buy home security items at reduced price means that people can take real, effective steps to protect their homes without it costing them too much.”

Extra steps can be taken to help further protect the public from becoming a victim of burglary as the winter nights draw in. Tips include:

  • Make sure windows and doors and locked when you leave the house or go to bed;
  • Make sure valuable items such as mobile phones and laptops are not left on display;
  •  Remove house and car keys from view of windows and do not leave them in locks overnight;
  • Leave a light on if you are going out after dark.

To speak to your local team or to find out more about Operation Illuminate call 101.

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