Posted on 8th July 2014
Safer Neighbourhood officers were joined by local school children during a community crime prevention day
Safer Neighbourhood officers headed out on the beat to offer advice and discounted security products in a bid to further protect residents from becoming a victim of crime.
The Matlock Safer Neighbourhood team spoke to passers-by about the simple steps that they can take to improve their personal, home and vehicle security as part of a community crime prevention day.
This includes the importance of ensuring that homes, vehicles, sheds and outbuildings are properly secure before leaving them unattended, alarm systems are activated where available and valuable items are property marked.
The Safer Neighbourhood officers handed out crime prevention advice leaflets and free purse chains during the event to further encourage personal security. Residents were also advised to remain vigilant when out and about and to use the purse chain, which clips a purse or wallet to the inside of a bag, to deter a criminal.
Residents were given the opportunity to purchase cut-price security items such as shed alarms, personal alarms and door chimes as part of the Operation Illuminate campaign which runs as a partnership scheme across the Derbyshire Dales.
During the day a group of local school children passed by the event and were given the chance to look inside the mobile police station and to speak to the policing team about their role as a Safer Neighbourhood officer.
The community crime prevention day took place at Crown Square in Matlock on Thursday, July 3.
To speak to the Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.