Home protection advice

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Police are reminding High Peak residents to protect their homes against criminals as the darker nights draw in.

In the last year, there has been a 12 per cent drop in the number of house burglaries across Derbyshire, but there is often a seasonal rise as opportunist thieves take advantage of the dark nights to target homes.

Residents are being encouraged to keep valuables out of sight, use timer switches on lamps, and if possible, fit a burglar alarm.