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Nine "2-in-1" burglaries in a fortnight


1:11pm 27th January 2012
(Updated 1:12pm 27th January 2012)

North Yorkshire Police are reminding vehicle owners to make sure they keep their keys in a secure place.

This advice follows nine "2-in-1" burglaries across the force in the last two weeks.

A 2-in-1 burglary is where criminals break into houses with the intention of stealing keys to vehicles.

Officers are undertaking extra patrols across the force and will be targeting areas where there is an issue with this type of crime.

The force is urging residents to follow some simple security advice to ensure their homes and vehicles are safe:

  • Keep your vehicle keys out of view from windows and doors, and out of reach of cat-flaps and letterboxes
  • Ensure that doors and windows are secure, even when you are at home and when you go to bed
  • Park your vehicle in a garage where possible. Close and lock gates if you have them
  • If you don't have a garage, park the vehicle in a well lit area and use a steering lock
  • If you have a house security alarm consider part-setting it at night. This may cause some inconvenience but the extra peace of mind may be worthwhile
  • If you advertise your vehicle for sale be extra vigilant and don't provide details of your address, unless you are satisfied that an enquirer is genuine
  • Consider purchasing a tracker system for your vehicle. This assists greatly in recovering it should it be stolen. Speak to your dealership for assistance

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Ruff, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

"Although 2-in-1 burglaries are usually planned and tend to target high performance and valuable vehicles such as four-wheel-drives, thieves often take advantage of an easy opportunity if they spot one.

"I advise homeowners to make life as difficult as possible for thieves. Taking a few simple steps may mean that they don't become the victim's of crime."

DCI Keith Ruff added:

"I urge anyone with information about people committing this type of offence, or any suspicious activity, to contact North Yorkshire Police or Crimestoppers straight away."

Anyone who has information about 2-in-1 burglaries should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more crime prevention advice visit the North Yorkshire Police website http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention

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