- Friday, 17 August 2012 15:59
Another safety drive is about to be launched across the Derbyshire Dales in a bid to maintain the district's low crime record.
Discounted driveway alarms are being offered by the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership as a deterrent to would-be offenders after Home Office figures revealed another reduction in the past year in the district's crime rate.
The wireless driveway alarms are being made available from a police mobile unit as part of crime prevention campaigns in the Dales and can also be bought from local police stations.
The alarms are being promoted by the Safety Partnership - which is led by Derbyshire Dales District Council and the police.
The driveway alarms usually retail at between £30 and £35 but are being sold at just £20 to Dales residents thanks to a subsidy by the Community Safety Partnership.
Dales businessman Iain Wakefield, of Alkmonton, is delighted with the alarm. He said:
"As our vehicles are parked out in the open at the end of a long drive, John Bointon from the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team suggested we install one of these battery-operated infrared driveway alarms to monitor any unauthorised access onto our property.
"Installation was a doddle as the alarm's passive infrared monitor was easy to fit. When triggered, the monitor wirelessly activates a portable alarm that can be carried anywhere in the house up to a maximum of 90 metres away. No wiring was necessary and all the outdoor parts are fully waterproof.
"On their visits, John and the team have been very helpful in pointing out several other basic things we can do to make our property more secure, including shed alarms and dawn to dusk bulbs. All these are available from the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership at discount rates.
"We appreciate that the District Council and police work very hard to prevent and solve crimes but had no idea they could also recommend and supply basic security equipment too. Brilliant – thanks John and the team for all your help and assistance making us feel safer!"
PC Bointon said:
"The Derbyshire Dales has a great reputation as a safe place to live and do business and this driveway alarms initiative is just one of the measures local people can take to make life as difficult as possible for criminals."
Derbyshire Dales District Council. Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, who is Chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, said:
"This is yet another example of the excellent initiatives the police, the District Council and our other partners are working on to keep the Derbyshire Dales a safe place to live, work and visit."
Contact your local policing team on 101 for more information.