We’re asking residents to be more vigilant after a recent rise in vehicle crime in the north east Derbyshire and Bolsover area.

Over the past few weeks officers have noticed an increase in thefts from and of vehicles throughout the North East Derbyshire and Bolsover district.

During the past three weeks we have had reports of seven vehicles which have been stolen and ten reports of parts or valuables stolen from vehicles.

The most recent incidents took place sometime overnight between Thursday 11 June and Friday 12 June.

A Ford Transit van was stolen from Tibshelf Road, at Holmewood, and the registration plates were stolen from a Ford Focus on Sookholme Road, Shirebrook.

Other areas where we have seen reports include Barlborough, Calow, Killamarsh, North Wingfield, New Tupton, Dronfield, Barlow, Wingerworth, Clowne, Langwith Juntion, Eckington and Wadshelf.

As well as registration plates, spare wheels have been taken, and valuables including an iWatch, a sat nav, mobile phone, glasses, a tablet and tools have also been stolen from inside both cars and vans.

While policing plans are in place to help target this trend, we’re urging people to make sure their vehicles and valuables are safe and secure.

Inspector Rob Bowns, who is in charge of policing in the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire district areas, said: “Our officers are working to investigate these crimes, and patrols are carried out throughout our area to help deter offences, but we need your help.

“It’s easy for vehicle security to go to the back of people’s minds once they’ve parked up their car or van, and unfortunately this can put them more at risk of their car or van being targeted.”

Insp. Bowns added: “There is quite a lot of advice on how you can prevent vehicle crime of all types, with some of the simplest steps including removing valuables from your vehicles and making sure windows and doors are shut and locked.

“Please do what you can, and remember that if you notice any activity in your neighbourhood which seems unusual or suspicious, report it to us.”

Our advice to vehicle owners includes:

  • Always make sure windows and doors are closed and locked, and there are no valuables which can be seen.
  • Remove all valuables and items you cannot do without where possible.
  • Fit theft resistant number plate fittings to prevent them from being stolen and used to hide the identity of other cars which are stolen or used in crimes.
  • Keep electronic keys in specialist security pouches overnight or when they are not in use.
  • Invest in good quality, full faced steering wheel locks or gear locks which can slow down offenders and put them off targeting your vehicle by making it more difficult.
  • Keys and ignition fobs should kept safe and out of sight and reach when at home, and not left near the doors, in your hallway or kitchen.

If you notice anything suspicious, or have any information about crime, please contact us on one of the following non emergency options:

  • Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
  • Phone – call us on 101.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online through the Crimestoppers website, www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999