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Stay alert after a number of reported burglaries

Alert message sent 10/01/2022 14:14:00

Information sent on behalf of North Yorkshire Police

We're urging residents in rural parts of the Selby District to “stay alert” after a number of reported burglaries in the area. Following a spate of reported burglaries on the border of South /West Yorkshire we will be actively increasing patrols in villages within the rural parts of the Selby District.

Last Friday (07 January 2022), we received four separate reports of burglaries. Two were reported in Biggin, one in Sherburn in Elmet and one in Hambleton. A grey golf which was linked to the burglaries was found abandoned in West Yorkshire yesterday (Sunday 09 January 2022) after it failed to stop for officers. This has now been recovered.

We're  asking residents to be vigilant and where possible increase security around their property and vehicles. From the incidents reported to us offenders attempted to gain entry to properties via exterior doors and windows. Listed below are some simple steps that members of the public can take to protect their property:
  • Make your home look occupied by using timer switches on lights and radios.
  • Close and double lock all doors and windows when going out – even if you are only away from home for a short period of time. Popping to the shops or nipping to a neighbour can be all the time a burglar needs to break into your home.
  • Always double lock your doors and windows when you go to bed.
  • Keep all valuables and keys out of sight and away from door, windows and letterboxes
  • If you have a porch light turn it on from dusk 'til dawn
  • If you are working from home, make sure your laptops and electronic equipment are not on view.
  • When not in use, store electronic car key fobs in a security pouch to prevent them being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car.
  •  Make sure that tools and garden equipment are securely put away so that thieves don’t use them to burgle your house.
  •  If you have a key safe, make sure it is not visible to people passing by, but that anyone tampering with it can be seen.
  • Think about installing bollards or gates on your driveway and make sure they are kept locked overnight. These offer a good physical barrier to deter thieves.
  • Don’t advertise that you are away from home on social media.
  • Consider investing in CCTV at home as this can be a strong deterrent for thieves, as well as giving you peace of mind. Keep lenses on CCTV cameras clean and check regularly to make sure they are not obscured by trees, plants or cobwebs.

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Will Smith (North Yorkshire Police,Corporate Communications Manager,Corporate Comms)

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