Posted on 21st May 2015
Residents in the Derbyshire Dales are being encouraged to consider their home and garden security as the summer months approach.
As the weather gets warmer, windows and doors are often left open to let in the fresh air, however this can lead to opportunist thieves targeting a property.
Safer Neighbourhood officers in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and surrounding villages are set to host a number of crime prevention days over the coming months to encourage residents to become security savvy.
During the events, residents will also have the opportunity to purchase discounted home security products to further protect their property from being targeted by thieves.
Police are encouraging residents to ensure that their home is locked and secure when out in the garden and that valuables are kept out of view from passers-by and marked with a security marking kit such as SmartWater.
Consideration should also be given to extra security measures such as side gates, alarms and motion-activated lighting. Gravel paths and drives are also an effective way of cheaply discouraging a thief from entering your garden.
Residents are being reminded that they can also purchase discounted products by contacting the Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, or calling in at their local police station. Prices start at £1.
There are a number of cut-price home security items up for grabs, including tool marking kits, padlock alarms, security chains and shed alarms.
For more information contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.