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Vehicle thefts in the High Peak sparks police security reminder to residents

Posted on 3rd July 2015

Residents are being urged to boost their home and vehicle security following the theft of three vehicles in the High Peak.

At around 1.30am on Wednesday, July 1, thieves gained entry to a property on New Mills Road in Birch Vale. Once inside, offenders picked up a set of car keys and drove off in the homeowners black coloured BMW 3 Series. (CR/27601/15)

A black coloured Dodge Nitro was stolen after offenders forced open the ground window and searched a property on Green Lane in Hadfield. An Apple iPad and mobile phone were also stolen before thieves made off in the victim's car.

The incident is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Thursday, July 2. (CR/27736/15)

Overnight between 11pm on Wednesday, July 1 and 8am on Thursday, July 2, thieves prised open a ground floor window of a property on Hyde Bank Road in New Mills. Offenders drove off in the homeowners black Volkswagen Golf after stealing the vehicle keys and a wallet from inside the property. (CR/27769/15)

Following the incidents, police are urging residents to remain vigilant and to take extra steps to protect their property from being targeted by thieves.

Inspector Barry Doyle, who oversees policing in the Buxton North area, said: "With the weather getting warmer, it may be tempting to leave windows and patio doors open to keep cool, but this can be an open invite to thieves. Before going to bed or leaving the house, make sure your home is properly secure with all windows shut.

"Don't make it easy for thieves, secure your property, keep your vehicle locked and keep any keys, and valuables, out of view from passers-by."

Further crime prevention advice for protecting yourself against 2-in-1 burglaries includes:

  • Don't leave your car keys on view or placed near windows or cat flaps where thieves can reach them;
  • If no-one is home during the evening, leave a light on or a radio playing. Consider using a timing device;
  • Don't leave tools, ladders or other implements outside, thieves could use these to gain entry to your property;
  • Fit outside security lighting and an alarm if possible and ensure they are in working order. Always set them when you are out or go to bed. Remember to lock all gates, sheds and garage doors;
  • Always lock your car and use devices such as steering wheel locks to make it less attractive to thieves. Fit an alarm or tracking device if you can afford to;

To pick up further crime prevention advice or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call 101.

Anyone with information about the above crimes is asked to contact police on 101, quoting the crime number mentioned above, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.