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Police urge drivers to lock up after a number of thefts from vehicles across the Chesterfield Division

Posted on 17th April 2015

Police are urging drivers to lock their vehicles and ensure valuable items are not left on display, after a number of vehicle interferences and thefts in Amber Valley, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

Sometime between 5pm on Tuesday, April 2 and 7.30am on Tuesday, April 7, a vehicle parked on Derby Road in Clay Cross was stripped of parts including the front panel, bumper, bonnet and lights.

A mobile phone was stolen from a tractor parked in a field on Furnace Lane in Barlow, Dronfield, during a half an hour timeframe from 1pm on Sunday, April 5.

Officers have also received reports of a number of vehicles being targeted in recent weeks in the Duffield, Belper, Somercotes and South Normanton areas.

Community Safety Inspector, Russ Dakin said: “These crimes can be avoided with nothing more than a simple check of vehicle security and we’re encouraging local drivers to make sure they’ve locked up and no valuable items are left on display when they leave their vehicles.

“People can take simple steps to boost their vehicle security including ensuring windows are up and the vehicle is locked; wiping away any suction marks left behind by sat-nav or phone holders and fitting an alarm system and steering lock.”

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