A SPATE of burglaries has seen homes in and around the Ashbourne area targeted for jewellery, electrical devices and cash.
Five homes in the last fortnight have been hit by ‘traditional’ burglaries, with doors or windows at the back of the house damaged to allow entry and the home raided for valuables.
An undisclosed number of properties in the area have also been targeted, with attempts to enter the homes made by the culprits.
Now, police are launching a crime prevention campaign to combat the thieves, by offering security advice, stepping up patrols and issuing free Smart Water property marking kits.
Police officers and partners from Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Derbyshire County Council, housing associations and voluntary groups will be visiting homes in the Hill Top and Trees Estate area tomorrow offering advice and the free Smart Water kits which can help return any recovered stolen property to it’s owner.
A mobile police office will also be parked at the Leys centre in Old Derby Road.
Since Friday, September 14 a number of homes have been broken into or had attempted break-ins, with five being burgled.
Jewellery and cash were stolen from one home in Willow Meadow Road on Monday September 17, a house in Derwent Gardens the following day and a home in Spencer Close on Friday, September 28.
During the night of Sunday, September 30 and Monday, October 1, a home on Mumford Drive was burgled, with another house at Hawthorn Close, Doveridge, hit between the Sunday night and Tuesday, October 2.
PC Ian Cooper from Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We would like to make the residents of Ashbourne aware of these incidents so that people can ensure that the security on their property is up to date.
“I would also like to ask the community to report any suspicious vehicles or people acting suspiciously, to the police.
“People can ensure that their property is secure by keeping all windows and doors locked. Check that outside lighting is working and any garden bushes that are blocking views to the property are cut back.
“Please make efforts to ensure tools and ladders are locked away and not left out in the garden.
“Try not to leave valuables on display and ensure that cash is taken to the bank and not stored at home.” Advice and information is available at www.derbyshire.police.uk or by telephoning the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.
The 101 number can also be used to report information about these crimes.