Police target Peak burglars

Police have stepped up patrols in Whaley Bridge after a spate of burglaries in recent weeks.

Increased visible and undercover police patrols are taking place, while a range of surveillance equipment was also being deployed, the town council was told.

PCSO Steve Rogers said officers were also working with their colleagues in the Cheshire force.

He said in one area that had previously been targeted a scheme had been introduced so residents could mark valuable property with Smartwater. He said it was not only a deterrent to would-be thieves but ensured items recovered can be returned.

Cllr David Lomax said members of the borough council have funding which can be used in the local community. He suggested that helping to fund a scheme for residents was something they should look into.

In the recent burglaries a car stolen from Glossop was found on Hockerley Lane and a home on Meadowfield and another on Low Meadow were broken into and items taken including jewellery.

Officers from the Whaley Bridge Safer Neighbourhood Team are happy to visit residents to offer crime prevention advice.

To help residents reduce the risk of being targeted by burglars they are being urged to avoid leaving keys in external doors and near letterboxes; keep valuables out of sight; and ensure doors and windows of houses and cars are securely locked.

Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Buxton CID using the non-emergency number 101.