Police urge vigilance following spate of burglaries in New Mills

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Police are urging residents to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in New Mills.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, thieves forced open a ground floor window to a property on Hayfield Road in Birch Vale. Once inside, they stole a set of house keys and attempted to open the door of the property, however were disturbed by the homeowners.

And between Saturday May 23 and Tuesday May 26, offenders forced open a fire door at the Watford Bridge Industrial Estate in New Mills. No items were stolen.

Sergeant Phil Booth, from New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are asking local residents for their support by reporting suspicious activity to us so that we can stop a crime from happening. However minor you think it may seem it could make the difference in stopping your neighbourhood from becoming a victim of crime.

“Before leaving your property unattended or going to bed, make sure that windows and doors are properly secured and that any home or vehicle keys are out of view.

“Ensure that valuable items are kept out of view from passers-by, and items such as bikes and laptops are marked with a security marking fluid such as SmartWater.

“If you would like to chat to us about boosting home security or property marking your valuables, then get in touch.”

Anyone with any information about either incident is asked to call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.