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Safer Neighbourhood officers will be heading out on the beat to host Operation Illuminate events in Calver, in the Hope Valley, to help boost shed and garden security.

Officers from the Hathersage and Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team will be visiting the Calver Sough Garden Centre and Nursery on Hassop Road in Calver to speak to visitors about shed and garden security.

The Hathersage and Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team will be visiting the garden centre on:

Friday, May 2 between 9am and 1pm;

Saturday, May 17 between 9am and 2pm;

Sunday, May 25 between 9am and 2pm.

The team will be encouraging residents and visitors to the garden centre to take steps to better protect themselves and their property from criminals as part of the Operation Illuminate initiative.

The annual drive, which is led by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, sees police officers and council staff heading out into local communities to offer crime prevention advice and discounted home security products.

PCSO Anthony Boswell from the policing team said: “It would be great to see as many people as we can at the event and we will be on hand to chat to residents about the simple steps that they can take to protect their property from criminals.

“This is a great opportunity for us to work in partnership with the staff at the garden centre so that we are able to both spread the message of how important garden security is.

“This includes taking steps to increase your garden and shed security by ensuring that out-buildings, sheds and garages are properly secured and that any valuable items are left out of view.”

Increasing home security and investing in items such as spotlights, alarms, doors chimes and property marking kits such as SmartWater or Selecta can also help to prevent an opportunist targeting a property.

Discounted home security kits will be sold at the event and can also be purchased from your local police station or council officers as part of the Operation Illuminate campaign. Prices start at just £1.

For more information, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or Derbyshire Dales District Council on 01629 761 100.

 

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