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Residents are encouraged to remember home security during the hot weather spell and holiday season

Posted on 4th August 2014

Police are encouraging home owners to keep their property secure to prevent being targeted by criminals.

Over the weekend a number of incidents occurred where residents had left their home insecure thus becoming a victim of crime.

Calls for service came from Allestree, Long Eaton and Alvaston where burglaries had taken place.

In Long Eaton, one homeowner had the car keys taken from inside his home via an insecure door and car taken from off the drive.

The Safer Neighbourhood policing teams will be heading out on patrols in each area and are encouraging homeowners to increase their security to help protect their property from being targeted by thieves.

Inspector Pat Howitt who manages Community Safety at D Division said:” With this warm weather spell people obviously fall into a relaxed state when leaving doors and windows open for ventilation.

“Keep in mind when out and about in your garden that an open door or window equals easy pickings for an opportunist thief, as can be seen by the incidents from the weekend.

"We would also encourage holiday goers to double check their home and outbuilding security before they leave and if possible ask neighbours or a friend to check in on the house where possible.”

Residents are also being advised to check that any outbuildings, sheds and garages are properly secure and that valuable items are kept out of view from passers-by.

Police are urging residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity straight away to help to stop a crime from happening.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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