Posted on 9th November 2015
Residents of Chaddesden and Oakwood asked to consider additional crime prevention measures.
Police in Derby are asking residents in parts of Chaddesden and Oakwood to think about taking extra crime prevention steps now that the clocks have gone back and it is getting darker earlier.
The warning comes after there have been several dwelling burglaries over the weekend of November 6, 7 and 8 at addresses in Wiltshire Road, Francis Street, Clinton Street and Northwood Avenue in Chaddesden and Saffron Drive and Merthyr Court in Oakwood.
All the crimes appear to have happened in the late afternoon, early evening as it gets darker. The addresses have been empty at the time of the burglary where the offender has entered at the rear of the houses, either through an insecure door or by forcing the patio doors. Property taken has included lap tops, cash and mobiles.
Detective Sergeant Sally Datchtler from the Volume Crime Unit at St Mary’s Wharf police station states “All the offences seemed to have happened just as it is getting dark and as such it becomes more apparent the homeowners are not in. We would therefore ask all homeowners to follow some simple crime prevention advice to make their home less of a target. We are determined to catch those responsible and are increasing patrols, both overt and covert in the area in an attempt to do so.”
Officers in the unit are particularly keen to speak to an individual seen on a pedal cycle on Highfield Lane, Chaddesden at around 1.45pm on Friday November 6.
Crime prevention advice includes:
- Leave some lights on or consider using plug timers if it will be dark before you get home
- Make it difficult for your valuables to be taken away, hide wallets, identity cards, passports and cash
- Register items such as mobile phones, games consoles, laptops at www.immobilise.com
- Install good lighting
- Lock doors and windows every time you leave the house
- Install a burglar alarm that can be seen on the outside of your property
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Derby Volume Crime Unit on 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you would like further crime prevention advice contact your local safer neighbourhood team on 101.
For more information, visit www.derbyshire.police.uk