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Burglary Alert Issued for Selby and Tadcaster

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6:24pm 22nd November 2013

Police in the Selby District are urging residents to take up free security assessments by the crime prevention charity CASAC.

Officers are concerned about an increase in burglaries in the Tadcaster and Selby area in particular where offenders have entered properties by breaking the Euro-lock on uPVC doors.

North Yorkshire Police work in partnership with Community Action and Support Against Crime (CASAC) which is a non-profitable, social enterprise which provides no-obligation, free security assessments for homes and outbuildings.

The charity can advise you on the most up-to-date security devices, including break-secure locks for uPVC doors. They can also arrange to supply and fit products to make your home as secure as possible.

Temporary Chief Inspector Richard Abbott of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The Selby District has been targeted by burglars who we believe are travelling into the area from West Yorkshire. We are doing all we can to bring these people to justice, but residents need to be vigilant and make life as hard as possible for criminals. I urge residents to take up CASAC’s offer of a free security assessment - It’s simple, quick and very effective! Our Safer Neighbourhood teams are all easily contactable and can also help with advice.”

T/Ch Insp Abbott added: “Some of the reported break-ins have been through insecure doors, so please ensure you always lock your doors, even when you are at home. It takes seconds and could prevent a lot of distress and financial loss.

“It is also very helpful to the police if members of the public report any suspicious activity, people or vehicles in their neighbourhoods. Try to note down the registration number of any suspicious vehicles if you can.

“Please don’t hesitate to call or think that your information is trivial, it could be vitally important to our investigation. Please trust your instinct and report anyone or any vehicle that looks out of place. This type of information can be of huge value to the police and regularly helps us to disrupt criminals.”

To report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood or if you would like to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you see a crime in progress, or in an emergency always call 999.  

CASAC’s qualified safety engineers can advise you on the following:

  • ·         Snap-secure Euro cylinder door locks
  • ·         Door and window security
  • ·         Burglar alarms and CCTV
  • ·         Security lighting
  • ·         Grills
  • ·         Garage and shed security
  • ·         Key and home safes
  • ·         FENSA registered double glazing fitters

CASAC’s burglary reduction scheme has been in operation since 2001 working jointly with West Yorkshire Police and the Safer Leeds Partnership, over 70,000 domestic properties have benefited from the scheme so far. North Yorkshire Police began working with the charity earlier this year on pilot schemes in Harrogate, York and Selby to provide free security for identified vulnerable residents. However, anyone who lives in North Yorkshire can request a free security assessment.

To request a free, no obligation assessment, please contact CASAC on 0845 519 2122 or log onto their website www.casac.org.uk

Over the last three days burglaries have been reported in:

  • Meadow Way, Sherburn-in-Elmet – sneak-in burglary through an open door by opportunist thief who stole TV pay per view box.
  • Moss Green Lane, Brayton -  forced entry through a door and stole jewellery
  • Eastfield Close, Tadcaster – gained entry through an unlocked door and stole the keys and car parked outside, the vehicle has since been found in West Yorkshire
  • Kirk Smeaton – outbuilding broken into and large number of power tools and child’s quad-bike stolen
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