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Woman Scares Off Burglars in Bilton-in-Ainsty


9:08pm 7th February 2013

Detectives investigating two burglaries in the Bilton-in-Ainsty area are appealing for information and warning people to be on their guard and report any suspicious vehicles or people in their neighbourhood.

Two neighbouring homes on Rudgate were targeted by burglars at around 11.30am on Wednesday 6 February 2013.

In one property, the householder was upstairs when she heard knocking at her front door, and then her back door. On her way downstairs, she heard a rear window smash. This frightened the woman who ran outside to get help.

A small, white, car-derived van was seen parked in a lay-by nearby, which was seen to drive off in the direction of Wighill, picking up another person who was seen running from the victim’s house.

It was later discovered that the house next door had been burgled and an amount of high-value jewellery stolen.

Police are urging anyone who has seen a small white van acting suspiciously in their neighbourhood, anyone who may have witnessed the incident or knows anything about the burglaries to contact them.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Harrogate CID. Or, if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you see a crime in progress or your safety is threatened, please call 999.

For advice and crime prevention tools including a mobile app and iBook, please log on to the force website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention

Basic crime prevention

  • Remember to lock all your doors and windows, even if you are at home (make sure you know where the keys are) 
  • Leave a light on when you go out – use a timer switch – a 20 watt low energy bulb costs 2p for four hours
  • Hide all your valuables - including car keys - away from prying eyes.
  • Fit outside security lighting
  • Remove all tools, ladders and other implements from your garden as these can be used to break into your property
  • Review your boundary security, make sure your gates and fences are in good condition and that outbuildings, sheds and gates have sturdy locks.
  • Be nosey - report any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood. Many crimes are thwarted and people arrested after members of the public report unusual or suspicious activity to the police.
  • Review your locks, upgrade your Euro-cylinder locks to one that is specifically designed to prevent lock snapping, known as Break Secure.
  • Add up the value of all your belongings, then work out how much you spend on keeping them secure.


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