Derby City Council has joined forces with police officers in the Littleover area of Derby to reassure residents that they are doing everything possible to prevent and detect crime in the area.

Since the beginning of the year there have been around 30 house burglaries in an area of the city that includes Littleover, Blagreaves and Stenson.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Derby City Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said :

The Council has worked extensively with the police and the local community, in a bid to tackle crime in the area. As a Councillor, I can listen to the concerns of local people and share those with the police.

I have been speaking to the Divisional Commander, and we are very much in agreement that everyone has a right to feel safe in their community, and we hope that by working together, and with communities to detect and prevent crime, we will accomplish just that.

Inspector Ranjit Dol, who is in charge of policing in the area, said:

All of my officers are aware of the major impact a house burglary can have on the victims and as such one burglary is one too many.

It is unusual for us to experience such a level of this type of crime in a particular area and we are all working hard, along with our partners to prevent and detect the offences.

There have been extra patrols in the area, both uniformed and plain-clothed, along with the Safer Neighbourhood team who have been issuing crime prevention advice.

We have held public meetings with local councillors to explain the issues and also to explain what we are doing and how people can help themselves to prevent becoming a victim.

Inspector Dol, continued:

There have been a lot of local rumours about how the crimes have been committed and by whom.

We strongly believe that these offences are linked to criminals from outside of the county using cars on false plates. There is no suggestion of any children being involved or the use of pedal cycles.

We are working closely with other forces to ensure that we are exchanging intelligence and information.

The pleasing news is that our efforts are having an effect as the rate of crime is slowing down with one in the last week, as I say one is one too many so our efforts will not stop.

If you have any information about these incident or see anything suspicious please contact the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can send a message online by visiting the Derbyshire police website, but not in an emergency.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.