Hathersage homes get protected against crime

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Officers from Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team helped homeowners protect their property during a crime prevention campaign.

The team spent last week visiting villages in the Hathersage area to offer cut-price items including shed alarms, spotlights and door chimes.

Dozens of residents took them up on the offer, with one 93-year-old Curbar man contacting the team for a number of security items after hearing about the campaign.

Operation Illuminate, which saw the officers visit Grindleford, Calver, Stoney Middleton, Curbar, Eyam and Bradwell, is a Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership initiative.

The campaign, led by police and Derbyshire Dales District Council, comes at a time when there have been several shed and garage burglaries in the area.

PC Ian Richardson, who helped install several alarms during the operation, said: “It was very pleasing to see so many people take their home security seriously.

“An item such as a shed alarm, or even a sign saying the property is alarmed, can put burglars off and stop you becoming a victim of crime.

“It’s just one of the ways people can protect themselves from criminals.”

To find out more about Operation Illuminate, including what items are for sale, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or the district council on 01629 761100.