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Police offer security advice after recent burglaries


12:01am 20th July 2012

The North Yorkshire Police Force is reminding homeowners to make sure their homes are secure following several recent burglaries in the Harrogate and York areas.

Burglars entered a house on Station Road, Kirk Hammerton, Harrogate area, between 1.30pm and 4.15pm on Monday 9th July 2012. The thieves stole a jewellery box containing jewellery and bank cards.

Also on Monday 9th July 2012, between 3.20pm and 4.15pm, burglars entered a house on Mill Lane, Wigginton, York. However, they left the property before stealing anything when the home security alarm sounded.

A bed and breakfast guest house on Holgate Road, York, was broken into at about 3.30am on Tuesday 10 July 2012. The thief stole a pedal cycle before leaving the property.

Anyone who can assist with any of these enquiries is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 select option 2 and ask for either Harrogate CID or York CID.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The North Yorkshire Police Force is also offering homeowners advice on how they can help to prevent themselves falling prey to burglars.

The force has created a pocket-sized home security app for mobile phones, called HomeSecure. Its features include a checklist which can used when going out or on holiday, help with joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme and technical information to refer to when buying or installing doors, burglar alarms and lots of other advice. The app can be down-loaded from http://homesecure.nyp.mobi

There is also an on-line home security survey which is a check-list designed to help residents assess their current security arrangements. To take the survey, please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/haven
For people with elderly or vulnerable neighbours, the force has launched the Nominated Neighbour Scheme which is designed to prevent distraction burglaries and rogue trader activities. The scheme encourages elderly and vulnerable residents to seek assistance from a trusted neighbour to help deal with cold callers.

The idea is for the homeowner to hold up a card to the window or door telling the caller that they do not recognise them and to go to their Nominated Neighbour. That neighbour will then check the caller's identity. A genuine caller will not mind following the instructions on the card and those with a criminal motive will make off very quickly.

Whatever happens, it is vital that any suspicious behaviour is reported to the police immediately.

For more information on the scheme please go to the North Yorkshire Police website - www.northyorkshire.police.uk/neighbour - where you can download the Nominated Neighbour card. Your local Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and PCSOs will be able to assist and offer further advice on the scheme.

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