Hotel burglaries see police warnings

With four hotels having been burgled in the last month, Derbyshire police are warning local business owners to upgrade their security measures.

The warning has come with four burglaries taking place between May 20th and June 12th, in the towns of Hathersage, Cromford, Biggin-by-Hartington and Thorpe. On each occasion, significant amounts of cash and entire safes were taken.

There was also another attempted burglary in Bakewell on May 19th. On that occasion, the potential burglars were disturbed, having been discovered in the stockroom.Such are the similarities of the incidents, it is possible that one gang of criminals is responsible.

They have also led police officers investigating the crimes to recommend guest houses and hotels check the security precautions and safes carefully each night. This could include the installation of security shutters and mesh grills, whilst alarms should also be thoroughly checked and tested.

There are few clues as to who is responsible for the crimes. The only link is what has been taken.

In Hathersage on May 20th at The George Hotel, a safe containing money was removed. In Cromford, on June 2nd or June 3rd, the Alison House hotel saw two cash-filled safes being stolen. In Hartington, a full till drawer was stolen from the Biggin Hall Hotel on June 5th or 6th.

The last incident, on June 12th, saw another safe and further amounts of cash being stolen from The Peveril of the Peak Hotel in Thorpe. Though it is not clear whether the acts have been committed by the same group, police are seeking two men with Irish accents from the Rutland Arms break-in.

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