Police in Derby are ramping up their efforts to resolve the growing number of burglaries that have been taking place in the Spondon area of the city.
There has been a surge in the number of homes that have been raided by thieves in recent weeks and officers and local groups are doing what they can to reduce the threat, reports the Derby Telegraph.
Plain-clothed and uniformed officers have been deployed to Spondon in order to inform local people of what they can do to boost their chances of not being burgled, while they will also look at properties and ensure they are as safe as possible.
Safer Spondon, a group run by local residents, is also doing what it can to improve awareness of security items and techniques that can be used to put off prying eyes. One of the tactics it is backing is the deployment of a home alarm system, which can be extremely effective in this area.
It also wants residents to focus on their doors and windows, with alarms in these places known to be particularly strong.
The police's advice includes to make sure all doors and windows are locked before going to bed, while it can also be a good idea to invest in strong and secure frames. Similarly, people should keep keys away from windows, as these can be tempting to a burglar should they be spotted.
Anyone who is worried about their property can sign up to a free email service known as Derbyshire Alert, which is sent by the police and includes updates on any criminal activity that is occurring in the area.
Other tips include adding outdoor lighting to sheds and garages, while investing in a CCTV system is another hi-tech way - along with the arrival of a home alarm system - to combat the problem posed by burglars.