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Derbyshire Dales residents encouraged to boost their home security

Posted on 17th April 2015

Residents living across the Derbyshire Dales are being encouraged to further protect their property from thieves following recent break-ins.

A white iPhone 4S, a Nexus tablet, and a Canon 1100 camera in a khaki holder were amongst items stolen from a property on New Street in Matlock. Thieves gained entry through the rear door of the house sometime between 9.30am and 9.45am on Thursday, April 16.

Between 8am and 5pm on the same day, thieves stole a chain bracelet and a safe from a property on Smedley Street in Matlock by forcing open a ground window.

Also on Thursday, April 16, a Kodak digital camera was stolen from a property on Oakerthorpe Road in Bolehill. The incident is believed to have taken place between 8.40am and 12.35pm.

Police have also received reports of burglaries at properties on Hill Crest and Old Chapel in Longford, Ashbourne, Derby Road and The Hill in Cromford, and also St Helens Close in Grindleford.

Following the incidents, police are carrying out increased patrols in the community and are asking residents to be extra vigilant for any suspicious behaviour in their community.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing in Buxton South, said: "We will be heading out on increased patrols in the area, along with carrying out security marking initiatives to help people to better protect their property from being targeted by thieves.

"Residents are our eyes and ears in the community so we are asking them to report any suspicious people or vehicles to us so that we can stop a crime from happening. If in doubt, give police a call and we can check it out."

Crime prevention advice for boosting your home security includes:

  • Ensure your property is fitted with locking windows and substantial locks on doors as this will deter criminals;
  • Keep doors and windows locked even if you are home - it only takes seconds for an opportunist burglar to get into your property;
  • Leave a light on if you are heading out and buy timer switches to turn lights on at a specific point;
  • Fit a burglar alarm and if you already have one, use it at all opportunities;
  • Mark your property with kit such as SmartWater and get bikes security marked, too;
  • Register valuables for free on the secure website, which helps police reunite recovered stolen items with their owners;
  • Be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately to the police on 999 if a crime is in progress, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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