Warning to Derbyshire business owners after series of thefts
Police are urging business owners to be vigilant after a series of thefts at premises in Bakewell and Tideswell.
There were four reports of incidents where premises in the area were targeted during one weekend.
A shop on Commercial Road, Tideswell, was targeted at around 3.15am on Saturday, January 13 and a large amount of cigarettes were stolen.
Sometime overnight between Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14 a restaurant and a charity shop on Portland Square, Bakewell, were broken in to, and a till and a safe taken.
A door was also damaged to a shop on Matlock Street, Bakewell during the same period.
Officers are encouraging local businesses to be alert, and to consider reviewing security around their premises, including:
* Ensure all doors and windows are secure before leaving
* Fit good quality windows and doors, and anti-thrust bolts.
* Consider installing outside security lighting, intruder alarms, video surveillance cameras or to fit shutters and grilles.
* To bank any cash and not leave it in the premises overnight. Any money or valuables that are left overnight should be stored in a good quality safe.
Anyone who noticed anything suspicious, or has any information on the incidents, is asked to call PCSO Anthony Boswell on 101 or send him a message online through the Contact Us page of the website, www.derbyshire.police.uk.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.