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Easingwold Police Aim To Combat Rise In Shed Burglaries

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8:17am 21st November 2013

As part of North Yorkshire Police’s crackdown on burglaries this week, people in Easingwold are being encouraged to get ‘sheducated’ and combat the rise in burglaries.

Over the last six months there has been a 29% (51 crimes) increase in thefts from sheds, garages and outbuildings across Hambleton.

Hambleton has seen 138 crimes compared to 105 in the same period for 2012, say Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership.

So members of the Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership have agreed to join forces with North Yorkshire Police to help deter would-be thieves. They will be fitting shed alarms free of charge for last year’s repeat victims and this year’s new victims.

A new leaflet giving tips to ‘weed out thieves’ has been produced and 225 shed alarms bought in a bid to prevent further crimes happening.

“Hambleton  – like most other rural regions – suffer more burglaries from outbuildings than from actual homes,” said Chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Carl Les.

“Recorded crime figures show that thieves are far more likely to break into sheds and garages than houses.  It is vital we make it difficult for the criminal and keeping them off our property need not be hard or expensive.

“Conducting a simple survey of your home is a good start – if you think it is unsafe then a would-be thief would think so too!   Starting from the outer boundary and working towards your house decide how easy it would be to gain access to your possessions and then act to put it right.”

Some of the simple measures he suggests are: lock gates and use thorny bushes next to walls and fences; mark all property and photograph anything of value (including plants); fit external lights; lock all doors and windows; chain cycles, ladders and tools to the shed floor; and fit alarms. And he said it is always worth checking the value of items kept outside and telling the insurance company.

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