Posted on 3rd March 2014
Sergeant Denis Murphy, Safer Neighbourhood team officers and Community Safety officer Steve England were joined by Jag Hayer from the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, SmartWater representative Bjorn Campbell-Lyons and Holly Walker from Safer Derbyshire.
Officers from Ashbourne and the surrounding areas teamed up with partnership agencies to encourage people to protect their property from criminals.
Police headed out on the road to visit residents in Kniveton, Ashbourne on Friday, February 28 as part of a multi-agency SmartWater initiative.
The Safer Neighbourhood teams were joined by Community Safety Officer, Steve England, along with representatives from Dales Housing, Safer Derbyshire, Smartwater and the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The team headed out into the village to speak to residents about increasing their home security after theft from sheds, garages and other outbuildings became the neighbourhood priority.
Police visited homes in the area and offered advice around the simple steps that residents can take to protect themselves from opportunists, including marking up their valuables with free SmartWater kits.
Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It is really important for us to team up with partnership agencies to promote crime reductions and techniques such as Smartwater in our communities.
“It has proven effectiveness in helping to detect offenders and to return any recovered items to their rightful owners.
“We had a really positive response from people living within the Kniveton community as we work to combat our neighbourhood priority.”
SmartWater is a forensic based security marking fluid that can be used on property from bikes, electrical items and jewellery to help deter criminals.
Residents were also given fire safety advice including turning off electrical items when not in use, ensuring that alarms were fitted in their home and that weekly checks are carried out to ensure that they are working effectively.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.