Bakewell lights up to prevent crime

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Derbyshire Dale’s residents have been picking up cut-price home security kits as part of an annual Operation Illuminate initiative.

Safer Neighbourhood officers have been out on the road and met with residents and visitors at the town’s Agricultural Business Centre.
PCSO Hayley Grundy from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team and PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Hathersage beat, teamed up to offer security tips and products as part of the Operation Illuminate home security campaign.

The scheme, which is led by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, sees police officers and council staff heading out into local communities to speak to people about crime prevention advice.

Items were offered to residents at a discounted cost in a bid to help reduce the risk of burglary over the darker nights. These included timers, indoor and outdoor ‘dusk til dawn’ light bulbs shed alarms and door chimes.

Hayley Grundy said: “The visit was a great opportunity for us to chat with local residents about the steps that they can take to boost their home security, especially now that the darker nights are drawing in.

“Giving people the chance to buy home security items at reduced price means that people can take real, effective steps to protect their homes without it costing them too much.

“We were also able to sign residents up to the dedicated Farm Watch scheme to help prevent crime in the rural communities.”

To speak to the team or to find out more about Operation Illuminate call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.