Warning after break-in spree

Police in South Normanton are warning residents to make secure their homes after four burglaries in the last six weeks where thieves have entered through insecure doors.

The latest break-in happened on Bar Hill at around 5am on Sunday, July 8, when two wallets containing cash and cards were stolen.

PC Pete Wilbourne of the South Normanton and Pinxton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We would like to remind residents to always make sure they lock their doors and windows, especially if you are going out, going to bed or even if you are in the garden or another part of the house.

“Officers are currently investigating these incidents and I would urge anyone with information to get in touch. We’re also raising awareness of the issue and would encourage people to do what they can to help us keep our area safe by making it more difficult for opportunist thieves.”

Other tips that people can take to help secure their homes include:

Fit good quality locks to doors and windows and use them.

If you have locked your door, take the keys out of the lock and put them somewhere safe and out of reach from doors or windows

Avoid hiding spare keys; leave them with someone you trust.

Don’t leave expensive property such as laptops, phones or bags in sight, close to a window

Keep your car keys safe and out of sight

Use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied.

Install a good quality alarm from a reputable supplier

Fit and use a door chain

Join your local Neighbourhood Watch or consider setting one up.

Security mark your property and keep a list of your valuable items, any serial numbers and descriptions.

Anyone with information relating to these burglaries should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.