Ripley police to crack down on burglaries and thefts

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Two new local priorities have been set for the Ripley Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team following a meeting with local residents and community members.

The team, which includes PCs Neil Hopwell and Sarah Allcock and PCSOs Sarah Dufton and Neil Wilson, will be working to target and prevent burglaries and thefts, and promoting the use of Shopwatch.

To help target and help prevent acquisitive crimes such as theft from vehicles, bicycle theft and non-domestic burglaries, officers will be carrying out regular patrols in the area and speaking with local residents to offer crime prevention advice, holding local surgeries and also using social media.

They will also be promoting the use of the Shopwatch radio scheme to help prevent and target retail related crime.

This will involve officers linking in regularly with staff at local stores, offering advice on crime prevention, encouraging members to use the radio system and taking positive action where appropriate against anyone found to be committing retail related crime.

The team will be working with local partnership agencies, including the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership and Neighbourhood Watch, as part of their response to both of these issues.

To contact the Ripley Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, email ripley.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk or follow the team on Twitter: @RipleySNT.