Posted on 18th May 2017
Our Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) have been patrolling in the Darley Abbey area of Derby offering householders crime prevention advice.
The PSVs joined the Darley and Allestree Safer Neighbourhood Teams as burglary detectives warned of a series of break-ins.
In the last three weeks there have been 14 break-ins to houses in an area leading out of the city through Darley Abbey towards Allestree that is bordered by Duffield Road and Kedleston Road.
8 of these offences have happened in the day where the offenders have smashed rear conservatory, patio or french doors and stolen cash and jewellery. The other 6 offences have happened overnight where entry seems to have been gained through insecure doors or windows.
Temporary Detective Inspector Dave Neate, who is in charge of a specialist team of detectives that investigate burglaries in the city, said: “It was great to have the volunteers supporting the work we are doing to try and prevent further offences.
“As well as giving the crime prevention advice we have had additional high visibility patrols and also at other times, a team of plain-clothed officers in the area in an attempt to catch those responsible.”
The advice to householders is:
- To keep all doors and windows secure and to keep keys in a drawer rather than left in the door or window.
- To put all valuable items out of sight, tablets, phones, games consoles in drawers or out of view.
- Record all serial numbers on immobilise.com and make use of property marking devices (smart water/marking pens).
- Photograph all unique jewellery. This can be recorded on immobilise.com too.
- Ensure that burglar alarms are activated when leaving the address and at night. Make use of security lighting if it is present.
- Keep an eye out on neighbours properties and report any suspicious activity to Police immediately.
To report anything suspicious contact us on 101 or if it is a crime in progress call 999.
For more crime prevention advice visit www.derbyshire.police.uk/safety-advice.