Posted on 3rd December 2014
Officers from Safer Neighbourhood teams across D Division are heading out to raise awareness around home and vehicle security in the run up to Christmas.
The aim is to keep residents safe and secure as well as their property during the darker spell of the winter months.
Inspector Jim Thompson, who manages Community Safety, said: “During this time of year we see an increase in shed and house burglaries and vehicle crime, this is largely due to the fact that people are purchasing Christmas presents and storing them in various places.
“We want to help people better protect their property and deter criminals.
“We appreciate that it is difficult especially when shopping, but we ask that people keep bags and boxes out of sight in their car.
“We have increased police patrols and are out proactively distributing crime prevention advice which will hopefully remind people of the action they also need to take around their home and outbuildings.
“The message we are sending is that people should look out for themselves and their neighbours, and if they see anything suspicious or a crime in action, call police there and then.”
A number of events will take place at various car parks in the city where local officers will be joined by D Division police cadets who will be handing out crime prevention postcards as a reminder of what shoppers can do to keep their items safe.
Further crime prevention events are as follows:
Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team will be located directly outside Halfords at the Wyvern on Thursday, December 18 between 10 – 3pm.
The crime prevention team will also be attending to fit anti-theft screws to vehicles and they will also be distributing crime prevention advice mainly around vehicle crime.
City centre officers will be joining Amy Grainger-Matthews, Community Safety Officer from City and Neighbourhood Partnership at the Post Office on Thursday, December 4 between 10 – 2pm. Crime prevention advice and security items will be available.
The team above will also be patrolling the Intu shopping centre on Thursday December 4 and 11 between 6 – 8pm in the evening, dispersing personal safety advice and purse bells.
Lastly they will be together at the Derby Bus Station on Thursday, December 11 from 8.30am – 12.30pm providing safety and security advice.
Other crime prevention advice includes:
- Ensure your property is fitted with locking windows and substantial locks on doors as this will deter criminals;
- Keep doors and windows locked even if you are home – it only takes seconds for an opportunist burglar to get into your property;
- Leave a light on if you are heading out and buy timer switches to turn lights on at a specific point;
- Fit a burglar alarm and if you already have one, use it at all opportunities;
- Keep valuables out of sight and consider placing high-value Christmas presents in a secure place instead of under the tree;
- Register valuables for free on the secure website immobilise.com, which helps police reunite recovered stolen items with their owners;
Be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately to the police on 999 if a crime is in progress, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.