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Police Warn People to Light Up and Lock Up

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6:00am 29th December 2012

York Residents are being advised to invest in timer switches to make it look like they are at home this Christmas.

That's from North Yorkshire Police, who are running a Light Up - Lock Up Campaign to reduce crime over the festive period.

It's already helped the number of domestic burglaries in the area go down - but police warn that retail crime is on the increase.


North Yorkshire Police say that officers will be on the look-out for vulnerable properties, including those with unlocked doors, and will leave a calling card if they spot any homes at risk.


Around a third of all burglaries committed in North Yorkshire are carried out at insecure properties where people have left a door or window unlocked.


Officers want to drive home the message that something so simple as locking your door, closing and securing a window - even when you are at home - could help prevent a burglary.


Basic crime prevention advice from North Yorkshire Police.


  • 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.


Ring North Yorkshire Police on 101 to report a crime. If you see a crime in progress or your safety is threatened, always dial 999.


Or you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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