Shoppers offered police advice after spate of break-ins

More than 100 shoppers in Belper picked up advice about crime prevention during a police organised event.

Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team set up the stall at B&M Home Store on Saturday, February 16.

The team spent more than six hours at the Chapel Street shop talking to customers about keeping property secure.

Special safety items including purse bells and purse chains, shed alarms and property marking pens, were given out at. And around 70 residents signed up to Derbyshire Alert - a free police messaging service - during the day.

PC Dave Baggott said: “The event was set up to help people stay safe and secure following a number of thefts in the area, but because the event proved to be so popular we are looking to hold another day in March and potentially regular events at the store in the future.

“We found the initiative to be really worthwhile as we were able to speak to a significant number of people and raise awareness about crime prevention measures. We were also able to offer reassurance to many residents.”

Since the start of February there have been two sheds broken into, two thefts from gardens and one theft from a person in Belper.