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Bakewell officers set up shop for Operation Illuminate

Posted on 3rd December 2013

Shoppers were invited to get their hands on cut-price crime prevention kits at the Christmas markets as part of Operation Illuminate.

Officers from Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team set up shop at the market on Saturday, November 30 to chat to passers-by about the campaign and staying safe over the winter months.

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PCSO Hayley Grundy with event organisers Sue Smethurst and Janet Bailey

The annual drive, 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.

PCSO Hayley Grundy from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It was great to see so many local residents and new faces coming to the stand to chat to us about neighbourhood issues, advice and purchasing the home security kits.

“Thieves are opportunists, especially over the Christmas period, but thankfully there are many simple steps that we can all take to prevent ourselves from becoming a victim of crime.  

“Making sure that your windows and doors are secure and using ‘dusk til dawn’ light bulbs, timers and door chimes will really help to deter a criminal.”

Extra steps can be taken to help further protect the public from becoming a victim of burglary over the winter months. 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 or consider using timers and ‘dusk til dawn bulbs’.

Discounted home security kits can be purchased from your local police station or council officers with prices starting at just £1.

For more information, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 Derbyshire Dales District Council on 01629 761 100.

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