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Burglars given alarming warning as residents arm themselves against crime

Posted on 13th August 2013

Posters warning would-be criminals that sheds, garages and other outbuildings are alarmed are being handed out as part of an anti-burglary drive.

Police and Derbyshire Dales District Council have teamed up to offer the posters to people living in the Dales.

The large signs, which read ‘Warning: Alarmed’, will be put up on or near people’s property to act as a deterrent to criminals.

They have been designed after a rise in non-dwelling burglaries and are available free of charge to anyone living in the Derbyshire Dales.

The posters are also given out when people buy cut-price security kit such as shed alarms and spotlights as part of the ongoing Operation Illuminate.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, from Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Burglars will often only go for outbuildings that they think will be an easy target so advertising as clearly as possible that they are alarmed can be a real help.

“We want to stop crime before it happens, which is why we’re encouraging as many people as possible to come and pick one up.

“It’s a simple security step that, along with shed alarms and other kit, can be the difference between becoming a burglary victim and deterring a criminal altogether.”

The posters can be collected from police stations in Bakewell, Matlock and Ashbourne, providing the recipient has a Derbyshire Dales address.

District Council Leader, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, who is also chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, said: "Although statistics prove that the Derbyshire Dales is an extremely safe place to live, we continue to warn against complacency through direct engagement in partnership campaigns such as this."

To find out more, call your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Derbyshire Dales District Council on 01629 761 100.

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