Posted on 11th July 2013
A campaign to help Hadfield homeowners protect themselves from crime saw more than 75 receive free home security surveys.
Police and staff from partner agencies checked out houses in the Shawfield Road area to see how their security could be improved.
Of those, 65 were given SmartWater packs, which is a special UV fluid that contains a unique code linking stolen property to its owner.
Dozens of vehicle crime prevention packs were also dished out along with window and shed alarms that sound if burglars tamper with the property.
Pictured (L-R) are Alison Chandler from Derbyshire County Council, PC James Taylor, Hannah Cocker from High Peak Borough Council and PCSO Ann Gribbon.
The operation, which centred around the Shawfield Road area of Hadfield, also saw 27 residents sign up to Derbyshire Alert, a free police messaging service that keeps its members up-to-date on crime trends, advice, appeals and much more.
Officers from the Glossop and New Mills Safer Neighbourhood Teams joined staff from High Peak Borough and Derbyshire County Councils for the security visits, which took place on Monday, July 8.
Inspector Jon Clark, who is in charge of policing across Glossop, said: “Having a simple security survey and taking on extra security measures can be a massive help in preventing crime at your home.
“Our aim was to give people practical advice on what they can do to deter criminals and to offer them extra kit as well.
“We were very well received during the visits, with many people expressing their gratitude and being pleased with our proactive approach.
“It was also a great chance for the officers to speak to members of the community and find out what issues are affecting them.”
Councillor Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services at High Peak Borough Council, said: “Delivering crime prevention advice directly to doorsteps is a great way of helping communities to help themselves and I'm sure residents will benefit from these visits.
“It's also a good opportunity for people to meet the partners involved in keeping them safe and discuss any issues with them.”
Anyone who would like their local Safer Neighbourhood Team to carry out a free home security survey can call their team on 101.
For more information or to report crime or anti-social behaviour, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.