Posted on 15th April 2014
Officers from the Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team headed out on the beat to help shoppers to better protect themselves from crime.
The team visited local stores in the town centre including charity shops, cafes and retail centres to offer crime prevention advice and home security equipment to residents.
Police visited Matlock town centre as part of the community engagement day on Monday, April 7 to speak to residents about any issues affecting their neighbourhoods.
Officers headed out into the community and spoke to residents about the simple steps that they can take to keep themselves safe from crime, such as using a purse chain when shopping and displaying a ‘no door step seller’ signs to prevent any unwanted visitors.
During the day of action the team also encouraged shoppers to sign up to Derbyshire Alert to be kept in the loop with police campaigns and any issues affecting their local community.
The free messaging service uses email, text messages and voicemail recordings to alert people across the county to any crimes, suspicious activity, events, public meetings and other issues relating to police.
PC Danny Smith from the Matlock policing team said: “The event was a great success and we were able to speak to residents in the community about their concerns and the steps that they can take to increase their security at home and when out and about shopping.
“The event was positively received out in the community and it was a great opportunity to speak to residents about any neighbourhood concerns and the ways that we can work to address them.
“The Derbyshire Dales is one of the safest places to live, work and visit and the teams aim to keep it that way.”
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
To sign up to Derbyshire Alert, visit www.derbyshirealert.co.uk or fill in a registration form which are stocked at all police enquiry offices.