Belper Drivers Reminded To Lock Their Vehicles Following Thefts

Police in the Amber Valley are reminding motorists to make sure they lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight after a number of thefts.

Since the start of September there have been 11 reports where items have been stolen from vehicles across the area.

The most recent happened in Ripley sometime between Tuesday, September 20 and Friday, September 23. A number of fishing reels were stolen a van parked on Pasteur Avenue.

In Belper, items were stolen from six vehicles sometime overnight between Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20. Football tickets were stolen from a car parked on Cook Close, and a torch and cash was stolen from five vehicles which were parked on Orton Way.

Sgt. Lyndsey Curtis of the areas Safer Neighbourhood policing team said: “Everyone has a part to play in reducing crime, and you can help by making sure you lock your vehicles whenever they are unattended, whether overnight or even if you are just leaving it for a moment.

“There have been a number of recent incidents where valuable items have been left in an insecure car or on show. It is worth taking the time to double check that you have locked your vehicle and removed any valuables to avoid the risk of your vehicle being targeted by thieves.”

People are also advised to park in a busy, well-lit area, or in a secure garage and to report any suspicious activity.

Sgt. Curtis added: “I would also ask for residents to be alert and if they see anything they think could be suspicious around vehicles to contact police on the non-emergency number.”

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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