Shops warned after two town centre raids

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Two raids on shops in Belper have prompted police to urge owners to take extra security precautions.

A crowbar was used to force open the front door of a unnamed shop on Chapel Street, Belper on Wednesday, November 20 around 2.45am.

The would-be thieves tried unsuccessfully to force a cigarette cabinet and a back room door and left with nothing in a silver, 60 plate, Audi saloon.

The break-in comes after cash was stolen during a break in at Alley Barbers on Midland View, Belper, sometime overnight between Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5.

Officers are now also advising business owners, particularly hairdresser’s shops about ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime and are also offering posters to show they do not keep cash on the premises overnight.

Sergeant Dave Harrison, of the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership, said: “We advise businesses to move any tip boxes from view, to have a limited number of display items and to put signs up to say they are taking orders for items. They should always remove any valuables and cash overnight whenever possible.”