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North Yorkshire Urged to Light Up Lock Up


6:01am 23rd November 2013

People in North Yorkshire are being reminded of the dangers of burglaries during the dark nights.

Police are urging householders to be aware of the dangers of dark nights and ‘light up and lock up’ their homes.

Now that winter is here, homes left in darkness can be targets for thieves say North Yorkshire Police – especially between 4 and 9pm.

Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership is supporting North Yorkshire Police by reminding residents of simple measurers to secure their property during the long dark nights:

  • a well lit home gives the impression that someone is in
  • use timer switchers to turn lights on while you are out
  • don’t leave curtains closed during the day, only in the evening and overnight
  • lock all windows and doors
  • keep valuable  items out of view
  • keep gates well secured

“We are all leading busier lives and between 4 and 9pm we are all less alert - we are coming home from work, collecting children from school, carrying in bags of shopping.” Said Councillor Carl Les, Chairman of Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership.

“We sometimes don’t pay enough attention to what is going on around us and often don’t realise the risk.

“But with a little thought we can prevent a large number of these incidents and the distress that it causes to the victims.   Do not make it easy for the burglar - a few seconds of action and maybe a small amount of expense can thwart these criminals.”

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