Crime prevention advice given by police to Chesterfield residents after increase in burglaries

Posted on 25th February 2015

Police issue crime prevention advice following a number of burglaries in Chesterfield.

House burglaries where jewellery has been stolen have increased recently in the Chesterfield Town policing area.

Since November 2014 there have been 27 house burglaries in the Newbold and Ashgate areas.

On Tuesday, February 17 between 5.30pm and 8pm a house on Highfield View Road was broken into.

A large amount of jewellery, mobile phones and alcohol was stolen along with sentimental pieces of jewellery that once belonged to the owner’s grandmother.

On the same day between 4pm and 8.15pm a house on Highbury Road was broken into and again jewellery was stolen.

Superintendent Jim Allen who is in charge of operational policing in Chesterfield said: “We have seen an increase in the number of house burglaries over the last few months. Thieves are targeting properties in the hours of daylight and particularly around dusk. They are mainly stealing jewellery.

“We do not want to alarm the public but I would like to remind residents to ensure that their properties are secure. Crime prevention measures such as locking doors and windows, setting the burglar alarm, if you have one and locking gates around your property can all deter burglars. I also recommend the use of lights on timers, especially if you are not at home after dark.

“Burglary is at historically low levels, but we cannot be complacent. Residents in the area could consider setting up a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme; look on www.derbyshire.police.uk for further information.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chesterfield Volume Crime Team using the non-emergency 101 number.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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