Homeowners are being urged to check their house security measures before going away this summer.
As the holiday season starts, Derbyshire police are reminding people of some simple measures they can take to protect their homes.
Ask a neighbour, friend or family member to check your home and make it look ‘lived-in’ by collecting mail or leaving a car on the driveway
Use timer switches so that lamps come on in your house after dark
Ensure all windows and doors are locked
Remove any ladders or bins that could potentially be used to access your home
Keep side or entry gates locked
Secure any outbuildings, garages or sheds
Make sure you use an alarm system, or CCTV if you have it installed
Hide valuable items, such as jewellery, DVD players or cameras
Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries
Superintendent Gary Parkin said: “This time of year sees opportunist thieves looking for homes which look empty, particularly where they display tell-tale signs of the householder being away.
“The distress that is caused by a burglary can be avoided by taking these simple steps to make your home less attractive to criminals.
“If you need any further crime prevention advice please, contact officers from your local Safer Neighbourhood team, who will be more than happy to talk you through the security measures you can take.”
For more information, contact your local officers on 101 or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk to find out who is on your team.