Burglary crackdown in North Yorkshire
3:40pm 7th August 2012
North Yorkshire Police are continuing the fight against burglars with the arrest of three suspects in the space of a few hours.
One suspect has been charged with 12 offences and is due to appear York Magistrates’ Court today.
A 32 year old man from York, who was arrested on Monday 6th August 2012, is due to appear at York Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 7th August 2012. He has been charged with one count of burglary and theft, one count of attempted burglary with intent to steal, seven counts of fraud by misrepresentation and three counts of theft from a meter.
The burglary offences occurred at an address on Stray Garth, York between Friday 20th July and Wednesday 25th July 2012, and on Sunday 5th August 2012.
Police arrested a 27 year old man following a “2 in 1” burglary in Harrogate. A house was broken into on Carlton Road between 26th and 27th July. The burglars smashed a window to gain entry to the property while the home owner was away. They stole electrical items and the Audi A3 parked on the drive.
The vehicle was later recovered in Harrogate after its tracking device was activated.
Police arrested the 27 year old local man on Monday 6th August 2012. He has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.
Anyone with any information about the burglary is asked to contact Harrogate police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A man has been arrested after a car was stolen during a house party in Boroughbridge.
The keys to a black Hyundai were taken and used to steal the vehicle sometime overnight between Friday 3rd August and Saturday 4th August 2012 during the gathering on St James Meadow.
The car was later found abandoned on the A6055 at Staveley, near Harrogate.
A 19 year old man from Harrogate was arrested in connection with the offence yesterday (6th August 2012).
Following questioning, he was released on police bail to allow for further enquiries into the incident.
Crime prevention advice to secure your home and property
Officers working on the force’s burglary campaign, Operation Haven, have issued the following advice to help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.
More than a third of all burglaries are crimes of opportunity, where the burglar enters through unlocked doors or windows. Keep your home secure.
According to the Home Office, you are ten times more likely to be burgled if you don't have basic security - even something as simple as putting strong locks on your doors and windows will keep your house much safer.
Nationwide, burglary has fallen by nearly 60% since 1995 - but criminals are opportunists who will take advantage of any chance to steal from you, so you should remain aware.
If you want to be certain your home is as safe and secure as you can make it, here are ten top tips you should follow:
Fit strong locks to external doors and windows, and make sure they are locked at all times.
Always remove all keys from inside locks, and keep them out of sight and in a safe place.
Fit sturdy deadlocks (British Standard BS3621) to all doors including the more robust 3 multi-point locks on uPVC doors.
Make sure your doors and frames are strong and in good condition - wood doors should be at least 44mm thick.
Mark your property - having it marked helps police verify it's been stolen.
Fit a door chain or bar and door viewer (spy-hole), and use them.
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, in a flowerpot or behind a loose brick - thieves know to look there first.
When you are out in the evening, leave your lights on and shut the curtains.
Install outside security lighting; if other people can see your property a burglar may think twice.
Keep your tools and ladders securely locked up - a burglar could use them to get into your house.
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