Posted on 21st May 2014
Police are issuing advice to encourage home owners to increase their security following burglaries and thefts from sheds and garages in the New Mills area.
Officers from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team have been heading out on increased patrols in the area to speak to local residents about the steps that they can take to protect their property from being targeted by thieves.
The policing team have carried out a leaflet drop in targeted areas of the community and have been alerting home owners if they found that their property was insecure.
Officers have been patrolling the streets with crime prevention flyers targeting unoccupied houses with windows that have been left open. The flyer – shaped like a footprint – bears the message: ‘You have left your home insecure’.
PCSO Will Brockett from the New Mills and Hayfield Neighbourhood Team said: “Following recent incidents of burglaries and thefts in the New Mills area, it is important to make sure that the public are aware of the steps that they can take to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime.
“Thieves are opportunists so using simple home security equipment such as ‘dusk til’ dawn’ bulbs and shed alarms and keeping any keys out of sight, will really help to deter a criminal.
“We would like to urge all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to us so that we can prevent a crime from happening.”
Residents are being advised of the steps they can take to deter criminals such as ensuring that outbuildings, sheds and garages are properly secure and that any valuables are kept out of view.
People living in the community are also being encouraging to look out for neighbour’s properties while they are away on holiday and to pay attention if their alarm is sounding.
Police are actively encouraging people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police straight away on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
To find out more or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.