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1:20pm 24th February 2013
(Updated 1:24pm 24th February 2013)

Police are urging people to be vigilant after a series of burglaries across North Yorkshire.

Thieves have targeted homes in the Hambleton, Malton and York areas.

Two Northallerton men, aged 36 and 37, were arrested in connection with a break-in at a veterinary surgery in Northallerton on Friday 22 February.

The 36-year-old man was also arrested in connection with a burglary at a flat in Bank Head Road.

In separate incidents, five break-ins have been reported, with one in Potto near Stokesley, one in Tockwith, two in York and one in Wintringhan near Malton.

Cash and jewellery were stolen in most cases, and in one incident in York, the burglars failed to gain entry.

Overnight on 21 to 22 February, a house in Sittenham near York was broken into and power tools were stolen.

Detective Chief Inspector Heather Pearson, who is co-ordinating Operation Haven, said: "While residents across the force area can be assured that North Yorkshire Police is working around the clock to deter, catch and bring burglary suspects to justice, it is still vital for people to do everything they can to ensure their homes and possessions are as secure as possible.

"By taking simple steps such as fitting security lights and burglar alarms, locking windows and doors at all times, and keeping valuables and car keys out of sight, this will go a long way to greatly reduce the threat of opportunistic criminals targeting your home.

"Jewellery is of particular interest to thieves and we urge people to keep it hidden and locked away where it is difficult to find. Consider investing in a safe if you own large amounts of expensive jewellery.

DCI Pearson added: "I want people to look around their property and really think about what they can do to take away the temptation from potential burglars. There is a great deal of security advice readily available for homeowners, both from the police and other crime prevention partners.

"Please take on board this advice and do everything you can to keep your home safe and secure."

Anyone with information about burglaries or suspicious activity is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and speak to the Force Control Room.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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