Bolsover and Amber Valley residents warned to keep windows and doors shut

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Police in Bolsover and the Amber Valley are reminding residents not to leave their doors and windows open to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

The advice comes as people might be more tempted to leave doors and windows open during the longer days and hotter nights.

Officers have also noticed a trend where the number homes affected by burglary tends to rise during the summer months.

Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “In 2013 64 more people suffered a burglary during the summer months, compared to the spring, in the Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and the Amber Valley areas.

“While the weather is nicer people are more likely to leave doors and windows open but this makes your property insecure, and so an easier target for an offender who might be looking to take advantage.”

During June, July and August 2013 in the Chesterfield, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and Amber Valley areas, police recorded a total of 274 burglaries, compared to 210 during March, April and May the same year.

Insp. Dakin added: “Please make sure you lock doors and windows, avoid leaving valuables on display and that any expensive garden tools or outdoor equipment is securely locked away in a shed or garage when not in use.”

Anyone planning on leaving their home unattended while away on holiday is advised to make it look like someone’s inside by cancelling milk and newspaper deliveries.

For more advice and information on home security visit the Derbyshire police website,, or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team on 101.