Police urge security following recent thefts

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Belper police officers are encouraging residents to following a spate of recent burglaries in the area.

Overnight between 4pm on Saturday, May 30 and 8.30pm on Sunday, May 31, cash was stolen from a store on King Street in Belper after offenders gained entry to the property.

Thieves forced there way into another property on March Lane on May 26, breaking through the rear door to steal items of jewellery

And Officers have also received reports of break-ins at properties on Lowlands Road and Sherbourne Drive over the past week.

Inspector Pat Howitt, who oversees policing across Amber Valley, said: “Along with carrying out increased patrols to deter criminals, we will also be speaking to residents about the steps that they can take to further protect their property against crime.

“There are many simple steps that can be taken to protect your property, such as ensuring that windows and doors are locked when leaving the property or going to bed, and keeping house and vehicle keys out of the lock and out of view.

“Residents are our eyes and ears in the community so we are asking for their assistance in reporting any suspicious people or vehicles to us so that we can stop a crime from happening.”

The force suggests crime prevention advice for boosting your home security, including ensuring it is fitted with locking windows and substantial locks on doors, keeping doors and windows locked even if you are home - “it only takes seconds for an opportunist burglar to get into your property”, said police.

People should fit and use a burglar alarm at all opporunties, leave lights on if you are heading out or buy timers to switch on lights at specific times and other measures can be taken to mark property with SmartWater, or by registering valuables for free on secure website immobilise.com, which helps police reunite recovered stolen items with their owners.

Be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately to the police on 999 if a crime is in progress, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, and follow the team on Twitter: @BelperTownSNT