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Students Urged to Be More Security Conscious After York St John Thefts

Police 5

2:29pm 30th September 2013

North Yorkshire Police is investigating two burglaries at student accommodation at York St John University.

The incidents at the campus, which is in the Hungate area of the city, occurred between 10pm on Sunday and 12.45am on Monday.

In one room, which was left unlocked, a Apple MacBook laptop was stolen.

The suspect also entered another insecure room and made off with cash that was lying around.

Officers are investigating the incidents and crime scene investigators have carried out examinations.

PC Tom Tate, of the York City and East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are doing everything we can to investigate the burglaries and I am appealing for witnesses to make contact without delay.

“I am urging any students and staff who were in and around the York St John University campus on Sunday evening and into the early hours of Monday, to come forward with any reports of suspicious behaviour.

“No matter how small or seemingly insignificant the information may appear to you, please do the right thing and make that call.”

PC Tate added: “These burglaries are, sadly, a very timely reminder to students about the importance of keeping their accommodation and personal possessions secure at all times.

“Even following some simple steps such as locking doors, keeping windows closed and placing valuables out of sight, will go a long way to prevent crime.

“We realise that university life - away from studying, that is - tends to be relaxed and carefree. We want students to fully enjoy their time in York, which is a fantastic place to be. But please remain vigilant and be mindful of personal responsibilities to do all you can to keep opportunistic criminals at bay.”

Students can download a new app designed by North Yorkshire Police to help keep them and their possessions safe as they embark on student life in the county.

NYP@Uni has been developed by the force’s digital media team and includes crime prevention checklists and step-by-step guides, as well as YouTube videos about identity theft, personal safety and burglary.

To download NYP@Uni for free, simply visit uni.nyp.mobi on any phone, tablet or PC.

Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police as soon as possible on 101, select option 2, and ask for Tom Tate. Or email thomas.tate@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Information can also be passed on anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the reference 12130169540 when providing information about this incident.

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