A spate of burglaries in Belper and Duffield has prompted police to issue a warning to homeowners.
Since the start of November police have received 11 reports in the area.
The latest break-in took place sometime between 6pm and 11.30pm on Saturday, November 11 when a laptop and jewellery were stolen from a house on Cherry Tree Avenue. Inspector Richard Smith, who is in charge of policing in the Amber Valley area, said: “We are urging people to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to us no matter how insignificant it may seem.
“We would also ask residents to be more security conscious, especially during the darker nights. Please make sure that homes and vehicles are secure at all times and take steps such as leaving a light on or using a timer, to make it appear as if someone is at home.”
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams are carrying out patrols and leaving crime prevention advice and timer switches with homes that appear to be more at risk.