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Police offer crime prevention advice following Bakewell burglaries

Posted on 7th January 2014

Police are urging residents to be extra vigilant following sneak-in burglaries in Bakewell.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood policing team are encouraging residents to increase their security in a bid to tackle thefts in the area.

On Saturday, December 28, an offender gained entry through the rear door of a property on North Church Street.

Cash and a handbag containing a purse and bank cards were taken.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crime, which took place between 8:30pm and 11:30pm, to get in touch.

PCSO Hayley Grundy from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Burglaries like this are unusual in Bakewell so we would like to encourage residents to take extra steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.

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

“Ensure that you keep your bag securely fastened when out and about and consider using a purse chain, which clips your purse to a handbag, or a bell to attach to your belongings so you will be alerted if anyone tries to take them.

“We will be heading out on extra patrols in the area to reassure residents and I’d encourage everyone to stay vigilant and ring 101 if they spot suspicious behaviour in the area.”

Advice includes:

  •  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.

To report any suspicious behaviour in your area call 101, the non-emergency number, except in an emergency when the number is always 999.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.