POLICE are issuing a home security warning after hundreds of pounds worth of items were stolen during three burglaries in one day.
The Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is hoping to remind residents about locking their doors and windows and keeping valuables out of site after a spate of thefts in South Derbyshire.
The first burglary took place overnight, between Tuesday and Wednesday, in Moira Road, Overseal, when thieves forced open a side door of a home but nothing is believed to have been stolen.
The same night thieves forced open a farm building, in Church Street, Coton in the Elms and stole an angle grinder and welding equipment.
During the day on Wednesday, criminals forced open a garage, in Grangewood, Netherseal and stole a ride-on mower.
Following on from the burglaries, the Safer Neighbourhood Team are reminding residents about house security and has listed a number of points to adhere to, which include:
• Store keys and valuables out of sight from people who could be peering through windows, doors, letterboxes or cat flaps.
• Ensure your property is fitted with locking windows and substantial locks on doors as this will deter criminals
• Keep doors and windows locked even if you are home – it only takes seconds for an opportunist burglar to get into your property, especially when we have the warmer weather
• Fit a burglar alarm and if you already have one, use it at all opportunities
• Keep valuables out of sight and consider placing high-value items in a secure place
• Mark your property with a kit such as Smart Water and get bikes security marked
• Register valuables for free on secure websites such as immobilise.com, which helps police reunite recovered stolen items with their owners
Suspicious activity should be reported to the police on 999 if a crime is in progress, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.