Police are reassuring residents that patrols will be stepped up following a number of burglaries in North Wingfield.
During recent weeks, officers have received reports of break-ins at properties in the Cromford Close and Williamthorpe Close areas of the village.
Items including jewellery, money, a bike and DVDs have been stolen from homes in the area during a period between Friday, September 11, and Wednesday, September 23.
Officers are encouraging local people to consider stepping up home security in the wake of the incidents. Crime prevention advice includes:
Ensuring windows and doors are locked when you leave the house or go to bed;
Making sure valuable items including car keys and mobile phones are not left on display and they are not easy to pick up via a door, window or letterbox;
Consider installing a house alarm system and investing in gravel for path and driveways leading to your property so you can hear if someone is approaching;
Use motion-sensitive outside lighting so you can see if someone is outside during the dark nights;
And for electronic or larger items use a forensic marking fluid like SmartWater to mark your property, making it more easily identifiable to police in the event of it being stolen.
Inspector Paul Corton who oversees policing in the Clay Cross and North East Derbyshire area said: “I do not want to worry local people with this message but I want to let them know about the issue and encourage them take measures to ensure their property is safe and secure.
“I would also like to reassure residents that high-visibility patrols across the area will be increased in a bid to catch offenders and I encourage anyone with information about the incidents to get in touch with us by calling 101.”
For more information about home security visit: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Home-Security/Safer-Homes.aspx