Motorists reminded about security at beauty spot car parks

Police are reminding visitors to beauty spots in Derbyshire to do their bit to help deter opportunist thieves.

It is after a number of thefts have been reported from vehicles in the Hathersage area, as people head out to on walks or camping trips.

Regular police patrols are being carried out to help both to deter thieves and remind people to secure vehicles and remove valuables from display.

The latest incident happened between 6.30pm and 8.40pm on Sunday, July 22.

A Mazda was been broken into at Upper Burbage Bridge, Ringinglow Road, Hathersage, and a handbag was stolen.

At around 11.30pm the previous evening a BMW 3 Series parked in a lay by off Sheffield Road, between the turning for Ringinglow Road and the Surprise View Car Park in Hathersage, was broken into.

A camera and a pair of sunglasses were stolen.

Police also received reports of two vehicles being broken into at Dennis Knoll and Stanage Edge in Hathersage during early evening on Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, of the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are encouraging motorists using beauty spot car parks to park up not to leave any personal belongings on view.

“This includes items such as handbags, cameras, phones and audio equipment, even if you are just leaving the vehicle for a few minutes.

“Always make sure that all windows and doors are closed, and not left unlocked. We would also advise people to avoid leaving sat-nav systems on show and to remove the cradle from the windscreen.”

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.