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People in Kirkbymoorside Urged to Report Suspicious Behaviour

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7:43pm 24th August 2013

Kirkbymoorside police are urging the public to get in touch if they see any suspicious behaviour in the area.

The appeal comes after a recent rise of thefts and burglaries near the town.

Police enquiries have shown that although residents have seen people acting suspiciously at unusual times, they have not reported the activity to the police.

North Yorkshire Police is tackling this type of crime through Operation Hawk, which focuses attention on rural crime and travelling criminals. The operation is an intelligence-led campaign working with volunteers from the various Rural, Farm and Border Watch schemes, as well as support from key countryside partners such as the national parks and the National Farmers’ Union to help spread crime prevention advice.

Sergeant Neil Campbell, of Malton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If you see any unusual behaviour which gives you cause for concern, please contact the police straight away.

“Although Ryedale is amongst the safest places to live and work in the country, we need you to report any suspicious activity so that we can respond to it.

“Officers would far rather deal with a well intentioned report which turns out to have an innocent explanation than to let a criminal get away from the scene of their crime.

Sgt Campbell added: “Operation Hawk is aimed at disrupting the activities of criminals who come into the county to commit offences against people living in the rural areas of our county. The more people who provide us with information, the more successful we will be, and the safer you will be.”

Residents can take a few simple steps to prevent themselves from becoming the victims of crime:

 * Keep all windows and doors locked, even when at home

* Install security lighting outside your property

* Set your burglar alarm, if you have one

* Don’t leave items, such as ladders lying around, which criminals can use to climb with

* Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your area and report anything unusual to the police

For more information about Operation Hawk please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/hawk or for further crime prevention advice www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention.

Anyone who sees a crime taking place should dial 999 immediately and report it to the police.

Or to report suspicious behaviour please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information the Force Control Room.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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