Police are urging residents across Chesterfield to step up security this summer following a number of sneak-in burglaries.
Sometime between 10pm last night (Wednesday) and 5am on Thursday, thieves reached into a property on Davey Court, Bolsover, through an insecure ground floor window before taking items including a handbag, cash and a mobile phone.
And sometime between 11am and 12 noon yesterday (Wednesday), offenders got into a property on Leabrooks Road in Somercotes through an insecure back door and stole the keys to a grey, 57 plate registered Renault Clio before making off in the vehicle. The vehicle was later found abandoned outside the Amber Trading Centre on Arctic Way in Kimberley.
A handbag was allegedly taken from a property on Hartington Road in Chesterfield at around 2.40am on June 23.
Police are urging residents to ensure their property is secure especially during the summer months when windows and doors are more likely to be left open, making homes an easier target for offenders who might be looking to take advantage.
Crime prevention advice includes:
• Ensure windows and doors are locked including when upstairs or out in the garden;
• Avoid leaving valuables and precious items on display;
• Considering investing in items such as side gates, alarms and motion-activated lighting;
• Gravel paths and drives could also be considered to discourage a thief from entering your garden;
• Ensure expensive garden tools or outdoor equipment is securely locked away in a garage or outbuilding.
For advice about home security, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101.
Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact police on 101, quoting the crime number mentioned above.
• Nikki Barber of Rockley Close, Chesterfield was arrested following the Hartington Road incident and charged with burglary. The 28-year-old appeared at North Derbyshire Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday).