Home security reminder following Hadfield burglaries

People living in Hadfield are being encouraged to be extra security savvy following recent burglaries in the area.
Overnight between 6pm on Saturday, November 14 and 1.20pm the following day, thieves smashed the patio doors of a property on Hadfield Road. Once inside, offenders carried out an untidy search and made off with high value electrical items, including a black Panasonic TV, Xbox 360, two digital cameras and an orange Apple watch. Designer items including a Michael Kors purse, a Gucci watch and a Guess watch were also stolen. The thieves then left the property and drove off in the victim’s Volkswagen Caddy van. (CR/49580/15)


Police were called to a property on Thorncliffe Road in Hadfield after offenders smashed a ground floor window and door as they tried to gain entry. The attempted burglary took place sometime between 4.15pm and 8pm on Saturday, November 14. (CR/49421/15)
Officers investigating the incidents are appealing to anyone who may have information about the burglaries, or the whereabouts of the stolen items, to get in touch.
Following the burglaries, Safer Neighbourhood officers are urging people to step up security and ensure their homes look occupied, especially at night time, in a bid to deter this type of crime.
Advice includes:
•      Setting timer switches for lights, radios and televisions to come on at certain times;
•      Closing curtains at night time;
•      Keeping valuable items including computers, laptops and car keys out of view and ensuring they are kept away from easy access via doors, windows and letterboxes;
•      Ensuring doors, windows, garages and outbuildings are locked and properly secured;
•      Looking out for suspicious activity around neighbour’s properties and encouraging them to do the same for you;
•      Investing in gravel to use on footpaths and driveways leading to your property so you can hear if someone is approaching;
•      Using motion sensitive, infrared lighting outside your property so that lights come on to alert you if someone is close;
•      Marking valuable property with a UV pen so that if it is stolen and recovered by the police, it can be reunited with its rightful owner;
•      Remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious activity immediately to the police either on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information on home security and safety visit: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Home-Security/Safer-Homes.aspx
To speak to a member of your local Safer Neighbourhood team about crime prevention advice call 101, and follow them on Twitter: @HadfieldSNT

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