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Operation Illuminate shines light on home security

November 14, 2012, 5:32 pm

A safety campaign offering cut-price crime prevention gear to Derbyshire Dales residents has been relaunched.

Discounted items being offered at a reduced cost include timers, indoor and outdoor ‘dusk til dawn light bulbs, door chimes, and shed alarms.

Operation Illuminate is being run the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, led by the police and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

A mobile police unit will be touring the villages of Sheldon, Flagg and Middleton by Youlgrave on Thursday, November 15. At the end of the month, it will also visit villages in the south of the district. The discounted night safety products are also available to local residents at police stations across the Derbyshire Dales.

Sergeant Steve Edwards said: “Although we live in a low crime area, Dales homes can be a target for thieves.

“Our message to residents, especially in the light of the recent spate of burglaries in an area of Ashbourne, is help yourself by taking a few simple measures such as using ‘dusk til dawn light bulbs and timers, which make the house look occupied when you are away.”

Councillor Lewis Rose, who is the leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council and chairman of the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, said: “Despite the Dales’ record as an extremely safe place to live, work and visit, we absolutely refuse to be complacent.

“Operation Illuminate is another great example of partners being proactive together.”

 Other simple home security measures include:

  • Make sure windows and doors are locked when you leave the house or go to bed;
  • Make sure valuable items, such as mobile phones and laptops, are not left on display near windows;
  • Take house and car keys with you to the bedroom at night;
  • Leave a light on if you are going out after dark.

Approximate timings for the Operation Illuminate tour on Thursday, November 15 are: Sheldon 9.15am, Flagg 11.30am and Middleton by Youlgrave 2pm.

On Saturday, November 24, the mobile police unit will visit Brailsford (Institute car park) 10am, Shirley 11am, Longford 12.30pm, Yeaveley 2pm and Wyaston 3pm.

On Sunday, November 25, the tour continues at Osmaston 10am, Clifton 11am, Bradley 12.30pm, Hulland Ward (Centenary Hall) 1.30pm and Hognaston 3pm.

Anyone with information about burglaries in the area should call the Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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