Police warning after spate of car break-ins in village

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POLICE are warning people to be vigilant after cars and a shed were targeted by thieves.

The spate of crime took place between Tuesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 12 in the village of Hilcote.

Some time between 10.30pm on Wednesday, January 11 and 7am on Thursday 12 a Toyota Corolla parked outside a house on New Lane was stolen.

Between 6pm on Tuesday, January 10 and 11.30am on Wednesday 11, thieves stole tools from the boot of an unlocked car parked on a driveway on Oak Tree Road. Damage was also caused to the ignition system.

A shed was also broken into on Oak Tree Road overnight between 6pm on Tuesday and 10am on Wednesday but nothing was stolen.

A car parked on New Street was broken into between 3am and 4.40am on Wednesday and a small amount of cash was stolen. Damage was again caused to the ignition system.

Sgt Matt Troth, who is in charge of the area’s Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “These are isolated incidents but I want to remind residents to ensure they are security conscious at all times.

“Make sure cars are locked and all valuables are removed. Park them on a driveway or garage where possible and if not on a well lit street.

“Local officers have increased their patrols in the area to reassure the community and speak to residents about any concerns they have.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101.