Extra patrols for tourist car parks in Derbyshire

Derbyshire Police are increasing their patrols around popular car parks in the Peak District to try to reduce car crime.

Officers will patrol car parks in rural areas including Matlock, Bakewell, Chapel-en-le-Frith and the Hope Valley.

Visitors to the area will be offered crime prevention advice from police officers, who will also be looking out for suspicious activity.

Pc Bob Fox reminded visitors not to leave any valuables in their cars.

"The Peak District is a very popular tourist attraction and around Bank Holiday weekends, we see a rise in visitor numbers," he said.

"Sadly, unattended cars can be a target for thieves and so we are increasing patrols and urging visitors to take some simple crime prevention measures."

These include leaving gloveboxes open to show they are empty and locking all doors.

Between 1 January and 31 July 2010, there were 205 vehicle crimes in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales compared to 264 for the same period last year, a 22% reduction.

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