POLICE officers have been quick to reassure town-centre business owners that there is no cause for alarm following two overnight burglaries.
Thieves broke into Chimes cafe, in St John Street, and Equatorial in Victoria Square, sometime between 6.30pm on Monday, June 16 and 9.30am on Tuesday 17.
A number of valuable items were reported stolen from Chimes, including a couple of Danish Design wristwatches valued at £350 each.
The cafe suffered a break in last November, but Smith’s Tavern landlord David Leigh gave chase and caught the burglar.
Ashbourne’s sergeant Denis Murphy said: “During the summer months crime incidents can occasionally surge – even in a safe place like Ashbourne.”
The Safer Neighbourhood policing team is currently investigating both crimes and looking into a number of leads.
Sgt Murphy said: “We are determined to do all that we can to ensure that fewer people become victims.”
He appealed for anyone with information, or who might have seen anything suspicious to get in touch with the team by calling 101.
He said: “I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the continuing vigilance of the community in reporting suspicious behaviour to us.
“Ashbourne people have traditionally responded in a magnificent way to suspicious behaviour and incidents and long may this continue.
“However, if you haven’t recently been a victim of crime, or don’t know someone who has, one’s levels of alertness can dip somewhat and a degree of complacency can set in.”
He encouraged people to pick up a copy of the force’s 10 point crime prevention plan, which is available from Ashbourne police station in Compton.
He said: “Take a look at the plan, keep a copy near your phone and use it to let us know about suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.
“Take the time to have a good look around your property and perhaps think about how you might get in if you were a burglar.
“The chances are that if an area of vulnerability is apparent to you, it will be apparent to the burglar too.”