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Derbyshire Dales police pitch security advice to cut campsite crime this summer

Posted on 22nd May 2015

Police across the Derbyshire Dales are issuing security advice ahead of the summer months when local people and visitors enjoy camping and caravanning across the district.

Officers from Safer Neighbourhood teams in Bakewell, Matlock, Ashbourne and the surrounding villages are getting together to ensure people are clued up on security tips to protect themselves from potential crimes whilst on holiday.

When camping and caravan sites are busier during the summer months, opportunities thieves could strike looking for unlocked and insecure tents and vehicles to steal from. 

Simple security tips include:

• Removing valuables from tents and caravans and taking them with you;

• Not leaving items such as sat navs or other valuables on show in vehicles;

• Leaving caravans and motorhomes securely locked when unattended including closing windows and doors;

• Pitching near to well-lit areas and close to any campsite CCTV if possible;

• Campsite owners are also being encouraged to issue safety advice to visitors around vehicle and personal security.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, who oversees Safer Neighbourhood policing in the Derbyshire Dales, said: “The Derbyshire Dales is arguably one of the most beautiful areas in the country, especially to spend summer holidays. We want people to have a safe and pleasant time whilst visiting and not to have their trip hindered by the potential of theft and other crime such as damage caused to caravans or tents to gain entry.

“Visitors can feel assured in the knowledge that they have followed security steps to better protect themselves from opportunist thieves so they are able to get out there and enjoy the great Derbyshire Dales outdoors.

“We are also encouraging camp site users to be vigilant and if they see anyone acting suspiciously to contact us on 101, or 999 if an incident is in action so that we can stop a crime from happening.”

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call 101.

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