POLICE officers have been visiting villages around Ashbourne as part of an on-going crime prevention campaign.
Officers from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team have headed out on to the streets to offer cut-price crime prevention kits in response to a recent spike in thefts from sheds and outbuildings.
PC John Bointon and PCSOs Lucy Blackwell and Kate Wakefield parked up a mobile police station in Parwich, Tissington and Carsington to talk to members of the community about an on-going police operation aimed at educating people about home security.
PC Bointon said: “As always, we are working hard to combat crime in neighbourhoods and Operation Illuminate is just one of the ways that we can do this.
“With the clocks going back this weekend it is a great time to head out into the rural communities to chat to residents about increasing their security, especially now that the darker nights are drawing in.
“Giving people the chance to buy home security items at reduced price means that people can take real, effective steps to protect their homes without it costing them too much.”
Operation Illuminate is led by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership and sees police officers and council staff heading out into local communities to speak to people about crime prevention advice.
Items are offered to residents at a discounted cost in a bid to help reduce the risk of burglary over the darker nights.
These include timers, indoor and outdoor ‘dusk til dawn’ light bulbs, shed alarms and door chimes.
To find out more call 101.