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Derbyshire residents urged to boost home security as darker nights arrive following break-ins

Posted on 16th October 2015

Residents across Derbyshire are being urged to step up home security and make sure their homes look occupied as the darker nights draw in, following a number of break-ins.

During April to September this year, there has been a 15 per cent drop in the number of house burglaries across the county compared to the same time last year, but there can often be a seasonal rise as opportunist thieves take advantage of the dark nights to target homes.

Over the past couple of weeks there have been reports of break-ins across the county.

In Dronfield, a laptop and handbag were stolen from a property on Fanshaw Road sometime overnight on Tuesday, October 13 after thieves gained entry via an insecure front door.

At around 9pm on Saturday, October 10, offenders got into a house on Thorn Close in Allestree through an insecure back patio door before making off with an Xbox console, games and jewellery items including two watches, a charm bracelet and a ring.

Sometime between 4am on Tuesday, October 6 and 9.15pm on Wednesday, October 7, offenders gained entry to a property on Overdale Drive in Glossop through a back window. They stole the keys to a 65 plate registered Audi A6 and then took the vehicle from property’s driveway.

Break-ins have also been reported on Carr Bank in Glossop and Green Lane in Hadfield in recent weeks.

Safer Neighbourhood officers across Derbyshire are urging local people to step up security and ensure their homes look occupied, especially at night time, in a bid to deter this type of crime.

Advice includes:

• Setting timer switches for lights, radios and televisions to come on at certain times;

• Closing curtains at night time;

• Keeping valuable items including computers, laptops and car keys out of view and ensuring they are kept away from easy access via doors, windows and letterboxes;

• Ensuring doors, windows, garages and outbuildings are locked and properly secured;

• Looking out for suspicious activity around neighbour’s properties and encouraging them to do the same for you;

• Investing in gravel to use on footpaths and driveways leading to your property so you can hear if someone is approaching;

• Using motion sensitive, infrared lighting outside your property so that lights come on to alert you if someone is close;

• Marking valuable property with a UV pen so that if it is stolen and recovered by the police, it can be reunited with its rightful owner;

• Remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious activity immediately to the police either on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information on home security and safety visit: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Home-Security/Safer-Homes.aspx

To speak to a member of your local Safer Neighbourhood team about crime prevention advice call 101.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.