Police have issued a summer security warning to residents in and around Chesterfield and Bolsover in a bid to reduce burglaries and thefts.
Officers are urging residents against leaving their doors and windows open.
Inspector Russell Dakin said: “In 2013, 64 more people suffered a burglary during the summer months, compared to the spring, in the Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and the Amber Valley areas.
“While the weather is nicer people are more likely to leave doors and windows open, but this makes your property insecure, and so an easier target for an offender who might be looking to take advantage.
“Please make sure you lock doors and windows, avoid leaving valuables on display and that any expensive garden tools or outdoor equipment is securely locked away in a shed or garage when not in use.”
During June, July and August last year there were 274 burglaries in Chesterfield and Bolsover compared to 210 during March, April and May.
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