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Operation Illuminate shines a light on crime

Posted on 25th January 2011

Police have joined forces with the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership to help residents to improve home security following two recent burglaries in Matlock.

A team of police officers and staff from Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership visited 250 homes in the town on Friday (21 January) offering crime prevention advice.

Derbyshire Dales residents are also being given the chance to pick up discounted crime prevention items such as dusk till dawn light bulbs, door chimes and letterbox covers at their local police station.

The operation is being funded by the police, Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership and the County Council. Matlock Electrical Services have provided the light bulbs at a discounted price.

Sergeant Dave Parker said: "We managed to talk face to face with over 50 people on Friday. We are fortunate to live in a low crime area, but residents can help themselves by taking some simple measures such as using dusk till dawn light bulbs that make the house look occupied when you are away and letterbox covers that can stop thieves reaching through and stealing keys."

The safety team targeted Matlock homes in areas where burglaries had been reported the previous weekend. On Sunday 16 January a 22-year-old man disturbed a burglar trying to break in through a back window at his house in Bentley Brook. The burglar ran off without any property.

A house in Cavendish Road was burgled some time between 1am and 4am on the same day. A burglar sneaked into the house while the occupants were asleep, taking two laptops, a purse, a wallet, three mobile phones and the victims' black Ford Focus.

Chairman of the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, who is also Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, said: "One of the reasons the Dales has one of the lowest burglary rates in the whole of England is because we are proactive with crime prevention measures and react quickly when crime happens. Operation Illuminate is another great example of partners working together to maintain the Dales' record as an extremely safe place to live, work and visit."

People are advised to take other crime prevention measures including:



  • Make sure windows and doors are 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 near windows. 
  • Take house and car keys with you to the bedroom at night.

Anyone with information about burglaries in the area should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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