Local police join week-long nationwide burglary crackdown

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North Yorkshire is backing a week-long, national campaign to raise awareness of , the handling of stolen goods and the need for residents to be vigilant and take adequate crime prevention measures.

Across the country police see an increase in burglaries during November and the run up to . Criminals know that homes will be full of desirable gifts and will take any opportunity to steal them.

Although huge progress has been made by the police and partner agencies over the past ten years with burglary down by 48% across England and Wales, it still presents daily challenges for the police service and causes great distress to victims.

In support of the campaign, throughout the week of 18 to 24 November 2013, North Yorkshire Police and local Community Safety Partnerships are holding a raft of initiatives across and North Yorkshire including crime prevention road-shows, property marking sessions, advice surgeries, as well as distributing free security devices such as timer switches to vulnerable residents.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy of North Yorkshire Police, said:

The targeting of your home, followed closely by the theft or damage of personal possessions often has devastating and lasting effect on homeowners, their family and the nearby community.

North Yorkshire and the City of York may have the lowest crime rate in the country but are not complacent and are committed to doing everything we can to prevent burglary and the movement of stolen goods.

Householders should not be complacent about their home security either. Even the most simplest crime prevention measures go a long way in helping to deter crooks and reduce incidents. Locking your doors, investing in a light timer switch and hiding valuables out of sight will help deter an opportunist burglar.

This week is about highlighting the need for people to protect their belongings and asking residents to help us to help them. I urge as many people as possible to take full advantage of the free crime reduction initiatives going on around the county this week and to take heed of our crime prevention advice.

Residents are also urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious people, vehicles or activity in their neighbourhood. You know your CSI Police in Harrogateown neighbourhood and what looks right and what is out of place.

Many suspects have been arrested and crimes prevented by people acting on their instinct and calling in with information. Do not hesitate to call us and report anything suspicious on 101, if you see a crime in progress always call 999.

North Yorkshire Police will be using social media throughout the week to disseminate crime prevention tips and keep you up to date on burglary activity going on across the force.

Twitter@NYorksPolice   Facebook.com/NorthYorkshirePolice

Sneak-in burglaries

Around one third of all burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who are on the look-out for open doors and windows and tempting items left on view. Always lock your doors, even when you are at home. Remember to lock downstairs windows and remove any items from your garden which could help thieves access your home such as ladders and garden tools.

Two-in-one burglaries

“2 in 1 burglaries” are where the thieves break into a house to get their hands on the keys to vehicles parked on the drive. These offences tend to be organised and pre-planned and are usually committed by travelling criminals from neighbouring counties. Always hide your car keys from view and where a burglar cannot find them. If you have a garage, always use it, if a burglar can’t see your car, they can’t steal it.

Use the following check list to ensure you take the most basic security measures.

  • Hide your keys away at night where thieves cannot see them or easily find them
  • Lock doors, windows garages, sheds and gates – even when you are at home
  • Don’t tempt thieves by leaving valuables on view through windows, letterboxes or cat-flaps.
  • Always lock your car and remove valuables
  • Keep your car in the garage if you have one. If thieves can’t see your car – they can’t steal it.
  • Fit a car alarm or tracking device if finances allow and remember to use them
  • Don’t leave garden implements or tools outside as thieves can use these to gain entry to your property
  • Leave a light and radio on when you go out at night or set a timer switch if you are coming home in the hours of darkness
  • Ensure your outbuildings are secure, in a good state of repair and have strong sturdy locks

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Local activity


Free property registration sessions

York police and the Safer York Partnership will be hosting property marking events throughout the week using the latest technological tool called Hermes. The device enables rapid registration of valuables such as laptops, phones, TVs, cameras and cycles, onto the national property register called Immobilise. This means that if your property is stolen and recovered, the police know instantly if the property is stolen and it can be quickly reunited with its rightful owner.


The crime prevention Community Action and Support Against Crime (CASAC) are hosting a crime prevention road-show a

Tesco, Askham Bar, York, on Wednesday 20 November between 10.30am and 4pm

Security experts will be able to advise you on the most up to date products to keep your home as safe as possible.

CASAC is a non-profit social enterprise that works with community safety partnerships and is dedicated to reducing crime. Over 75,000 properties have been made secure by CASAC with less than 0.01% of these properties being victims of repeat burglary, where access has been gained through security products fitted by CASAC.

To book a free no obligation security assessment call 0845 519 2122 or visit www.casac.org.uk

To help crack down on sneak-in burglaries and valuables left on view, night time patrols will go on throughout the week to check for insecure properties and deliver crime prevention advice.

Officers will also by carrying out targeted patrols in known burglary hotspots


York police will also be targeting student accommodation with proactive crime prevention patrols to check for insecure properties and to hand out crime prevention advice.

The Harrogate Community Safety Partnership will be hosting a day of action on Wednesday 20 November in Bilton and Woodfield where they will handing out crime prevention packs to local residents and working with the local Neighbourhood Watch coordinator.

The crime prevention charity Community Action and Support Against Crime (CASAC) are hosting crime prevention road-shows at

ASDA, Bower Street, Harrogate, Thursday 21 November 10.30am to 4pm

Morrison’s, Plumpton Park, Harrogate, Friday 22 November 10.30am to 4pm

Officers will also be visiting second hand shops as they work to reduce the movement of stolen goods.


Crime prevention surgeries will be held across the district.

Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership have provided free shed alarms and free light timer switches for vulnerable victims of crime

Proactive patrols will target insecure properties

Delivery of crime prevention leaflets

Burglary packs will be handed out in rural areas and joint visits will be carried out by the Safety Service

Local police teams will be promoting cycle security events in the run up to Christmas

Officers will also be focusing on equine crime


Proactive patrols will target insecure premises and officers will be handing our crime prevention advice

Officers will also be visiting second hand shops as they work to reduce the movement of stolen goods.

Vulnerable areas and previous victims of burglary will be visited and crime prevention advice disseminate to residents.


Proactive patrols will target insecure premises and officers will be handing our crime prevention advice

Officers will be visiting second hand shops as they work to reduce the movement of stolen goods.

Joint patrols will be carried out with Cleveland Police targeting cross-border criminals.


Proactive patrols will target insecure premises and officers will be handing our crime prevention advice.

Vulnerable areas and previous victims of burglary will be visited and crime prevention advice disseminate to residents.

Targeted patrols in burglary hotspots

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