Police hunt “2-in-1” burglars after cars stolen in Harrogate area

2 September 2014

Harrogate Police are appealing for witnesses and information after two cars were stolen from Spofforth.

The “2-in1” burglaries – when car key keys are stolen after breaking into houses – occurred overnight between Sunday 31 August and Monday 1 September 2014.

A black BMW 520D saloon – registration “HEY 4Y” – was taken from Grange Avenue, and a dark blue Peugeot 206 estate was stolen from Parklands.

Following police enquiries the Peugeot has been located and recovered nearby.

Investigations remain ongoing to track down the BMW and those connected with both incidents.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Harrogate Burglary Team on 01423 539029 or email sam.harding@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12140149298.

Crime prevention: Top ten tips to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of 2-in-1 burglary

One – Don’t leave your car keys on view or placed near windows, doors, or cat-flaps where thieves can see them.
Two- Don’t leave valuables on display. Move handbags, wallets or other valuables out of sight.
Three – Ensure you lock all doors and windows, even when you are at home.
Four – Look like you are in when you are out. If no-one is home during the evening, leave a light on or a radio playing. Consider using a timing device.
Five – Don’t help the thief. Lock away tools, ladders or other implements outside that thieves could use these to gain entry to your home or garage.
Six – Fit outside security lighting and an alarm, and ensure they are in working order. Don’t forget to turn them on when you are out and when you go to bed.
Seven – Remember to lock all gates, sheds and garage doors.
Eight – Always lock your car and fit a car alarm or tracking device if finances allow. Use them every time you leave your car. Consider using other devices such as steering or wheel locks.
Nine – If you don’t have a garage, consider fitting sturdy gates to your driveway or a security post.
Ten – Always use your garage if you have one, and never leave your car keys in your car, even if the car is in your garage.

Always lock your car away, secure your home and hide your keys. If thieves can’t see you car, they can’t steal it.

For more crime prevention advice regarding “2-in-1” burglaries, please go to the North Yorkshire Police website page www.northyorkshire.police.uk/TwoInOne

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