Businesses in Ripley are urged to step up their security after a spate of burglaries in the last five months.
Since the start of May, police have investigated 14 break-ins at commercial premises in the town - with seven reported within the last eight weeks.
The most recent happened in the early hours of Thursday, September 19, when cash and a television were stolen from New Tony’s Delight on Church Street. On the same night thieves also broke into the British Red Cross store on Oxford Street, but nothing was stolen.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police are now advising local businesses to be alert, and encouraging them to take steps to help protect their premises.”
Liz Lanyi, owner of Glitz and Glam on Grosvenor Road, from which £20,000 of stock was taken on June 25, said she had upgraded security since the burglars stole her CCTV camera: “Now we can watch the shop via the internet. It appears in the corner of the television. The next time they try anything we will be watching them on TV.”
Cash was taken from three Nottingham Road premises: the Shylet Spice restaurant on September 17, and from Hardwick Stone on September 12, and the Enigma Spa on August 13, while an empty cash box was taken from Q Cuts on September 10.
Burglars were disturbed and fled from the Oriental Wok on Chapel Street on August 27. Three salons were also hit by thieves: an attempted break-in left a damaged door at Alison Clare Beauty on August 13, while hair straighteners were stolen from Clare’s Accessories on August 8 and cash from Hair 4 U on Maple Avenue on August 6.
Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Amber Valley CID or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To report suspicious activity or a crime call Derbyshire police on 101.