ASHBOURNE police chiefs are reassuring people in the town that despite a recent spate of break-ins, affecting both residential and business premises, the trend for crime in the area is still reducing.
Recently shed and outbuildings have been targeted in Dalbury Lees, Fenny Bentley, Mappleton and a number of industrial sites have also been broken into.
Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “I would say that although the rise in this type of offence is of concern it takes place against a backdrop of 10 years of crime reduction.
“The national trend also reflects a similar pattern.
“That doesn’t diminish our determination to do all that we reasonably can to catch those responsible and bring them to justice.
“But we can’t do this on our own and we do need the help of everyone in the community to assist us in passing on information about suspicious vehicles and individuals.
“We are interested in any information at all about these crimes.
“Call us on 101 or ring Crimestoppers.
“These offences don’t just affect the business community – their influence goes much wider.
“We are working hard on the investigations that are already underway but we still need extra information to help us develop a more complete picture.
“We are interested in whatever the community knows.
“It may seem of dubious relevance to the person ringing it in but to us it can make all the difference between detecting and not detecting a crime and also preventing future offences.”
Anyone wanting to report suspicious activities should call the police on 101 or get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.