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Christmas Burglary Warning for Selby District

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5:09pm 20th December 2013

North Yorkshire Police is warning residents across the Selby area to be extra vigilant and do everything they can to safeguard their property following a spate of burglaries across the district.

A high proportion of the crimes have been committed in daylight hours in villages across the Selby district as well as Selby itself.

The suspects have entered the properties by forcing ground floor windows open and once inside, have stolen mainly jewellery and cash.

Officers are carrying out extensive enquiries to locate the suspects, but want residents to make criminals’ lives as difficult as possible by taking crime prevention measures, keeping valuables out of view and in places where they are difficult to find.

They also want residents to extra vigilant and report any suspicious people or vehicles to the police.

Acting Detective Sergeant Warren Peters of Selby CID, said: “Many of the burglaries took place in daylight hours or early evening and it’s possible that someone may have seen the suspects without realising what they were up to. We urge anyone to contact us with any information which they think could help our investigation.  

“Please keep an eye our for any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and do not hesitate to call the police. Don’t worry if you think the information is trivial as even the smallest piece of information could be extremely valuable in preventing and detecting crime.”

The burglaries have taken place in Selby, Eggborough, Osgodby, South Milford, Monk Fryston, Brayton, Hemingborough and Thorpe Willoughby over the past week.

To pass information about suspicious activity in your area, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the control room.

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

North Yorkshire Police is working with partners including the crime reduction charity, Community Action and Support Against Crime (CASAC). Residents of North Yorkshire and the City of York can request a free, no obligation security assessment of their home from the charity.

CASAC is a non-profit social enterprise that works with community safety partnerships and is dedicated to reducing crime. Over 75,000 properties have been made secure by CASAC with less than 0.01% of these properties being victims of repeat burglary, where access has been gained through security products fitted by CASAC.

To book an assessment call 0845 519 2122 or visit www.casac.org.uk

Crime prevention advice

Please ensure your home is never left in total darkness during the evening by using a light timer switch. A home left in darkness is an obvious sign that no-one is in.  A timer fitted to a radio will add. This will make your home appear less of a target for burglars who are on the lookout for empty houses.

Even when you are in your home, ensure your doors are locked and windows secured and do not leave high value items like computers, ipads, mobile phones and desirable Christmas presents where everyone can see them through windows and doors.

Vehicle security is also important at home and when out and about, keep valuables including shopping, handbags, sat-navs, mobile phones etc, locked away in the boot and out of view of potential thieves.

When you arrive back home, please ensure your vehicle keys are hidden from view in a safe place and not obvious to any trespasser in your property who could then steal your vehicle.

Top Christmas crime prevention tips

  • Don’t leave presents under the tree particularly if visible from windows or doors.
  • Make use of the free and secure registration websites to register items of value such as I.T., mobile phones, cycles, electrical items such as TV’s, Games Consoles etc
  • Dispose of present packaging carefully as empty boxes left outside can advertise that you have new and desirable goods inside your home.
  • Never keep large amounts of cash at home.
  • Ensure that all doors and windows are locked- use a dead or double lock on outside doors
  • Lock up sheds and garages so thieves cannot gain access to ladders and tools which they could use to gain access to your home.
  • Never leave keys anywhere near the front door; burglars know where to look.
  • When you go out at night, consider leaving the lights on with curtains drawn so it looks like someone is home.


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