POLICE officers are actively encouraging homeowners to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police following a number of non-dwelling burglaries in the area.
Incidents have involved forced entries into sheds, garages and outhouses overnight with bikes and power tools being targeted.
As part of the crackdown, the team will be heading out on more patrols and are also encouraging homeowners to increase their security and protect their property from being targeted by thieves.
Officers are urging people to ensure that outbuildings, sheds and garages are properly secure and that valuable items are kept out of view
Sergeant Denis Murphy said: “Intensive investigative efforts are under way with regard to the reported offences and we are working hard with our partners to look at ways of preventing further crimes.
“I want to encourage the community to develop that ‘curtain twitching’ culture that many of us will remember from our youth, and not to think twice about reporting suspicious activity, people and vehicles.
“People may doubt the information’s importance or perhaps feel that they are wasting our time but it may be that this information could be the vital missing piece in solving crimes, apprehending offenders and recovering property.
“Ashbourne is a safe place to live, work and visit and we aim to keep it that way. However, we can’t tackle this on our own and we are looking to the community to work with us and to pass on information about suspicious activity.”
The team is planning a Smart Water property marking session on Friday, February 28 in Kniveton.
Further information is available by calling 101.