Police are appealing for information and offering advice to residents in the Dronfield area following a number of burglaries.
Investigations are being carried out into seven reports of burglaries that have happened in the area in the last two weeks.
The most recent report was of a property on Chesnut Close sometime between Saturday, January 19 and Monday, January 21. A home on Stonelow Crescent was also broken in to sometime between Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20. Jewellery and cash was stolen.
Two properties on Shakespere Crescent were targeted sometime during the evening on Thursday, January 17 and during the evening of Wednesday, January 16, homes on Gainsborough Road, Carr Lane and Dalbury Road were broken into and items including laptops, and a handbag and purse were stolen.
Enquiries are ongoing and increased police patrols are being carried out, and officers from the Dronfield Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are holding events in the local area to offer advice to residents about keeping their properties secure.
Inspector Rob Bowns, who is in charge of policing in North East Derbyshire, said: “Enquiries are currently ongoing into these incidents and patrols are being stepped up to help us prevent and deter crimes and also try and catch those responsible.
“There are some things people can do to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim, and we would advise people to take steps to make sure homes and windows are locked and secure, and if you are out during the darker evenings try to make it look as though some one is home.
Insp. Bowns added: “We are working hard to target this recent increase in the number of burglaries in the area, which have remained low during the last 12 months, and we would urge people to report anything they think could be suspicious to us as soon as possible so that officers can make checks.
"Never feel that you are wasting time, because even if it turns out to be in order, we would rather you made that call so that we can ensure our community stays safe.”
Other advice includes:
- Always make sure doors and windows are locked and secure, even when at home and in another part of the house or in the garden.
- If you are out for the evening or away for the weekend, leave a light on timer switches and ask a neighbour if they can keep an eye out.
- Keep valuables out of view from passers-by.
- Make sure all car keys and other keys are out of sight and not in reach of windows and letterboxes.
- Ensure any side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property, or that any doors which might connect your home to a garage or an outbuilding are secure.
- If you still have packaging from expensive Christmas presents around, make sure it is not on display.
- Have an intruder alarm system installed by an approved contractor. Ensure a visible alarm box is attached to the outside of your home. Also consider fitting security lighting.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or have any information about these incidents, police would like you to get in touch using a non-emergency contact method.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In the event of an emergency you should always call 999.