Police issue crime prevention advice following increase in burglaries in South Derbyshire

Posted on 25th February 2015

Police remind residents to secure their property following a number of burglaries in South Derbyshire.

Since January 01 there have been 16 house burglaries in the Swadlincote, Church Gresley, Newhall and Woodville areas. The majority of these burglaries have been at properties that have been left insecure.

On Saturday, February 21 between 2.15am and 5.30am a house on Topmeadow in Midway was broken into. Offender entered through a rear, insecure, patio door and stole a laptop and a Mulberry handbag.

The following Monday, February 23 between midnight and 7.30am a house on Bishops Gate, Woodville was broken into via an insecure door. A handbag containing a purse, two mobile phones and medication was stolen.

Sergeant Graham Summers from Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Open doors and windows are a gift to opportunist burglars.

“We would like to remind residents to ensure that doors and windows are always kept locked. Also if the house is left empty use timer switches for lighting and if you have a burglar alarm make sure it is set.

“If homes are left insecure insurers may not always pay out.”

For further crime prevention advice please visit our website www.derbyshire.police.uk

To report crime in a non-emergency call 101, always dial 999 in an emergency.  

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