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Warning for People in Thirsk After Burglaries


8:14pm 29th January 2013

Police are urging householders to be vigilant following a spate of overnight burglaries in Thirsk.

On Monday 28 to Tuesday 29 January 2013, four houses were entered and purses and cash were taken from the homes. A fifth burglary was reported on the afternoon of Tuesday 29 January in which thieves stole a money box.

The burglaries took place in Islebeck, Hambleton Place, Sutton Court and two in Ingramgate, the majority are believed to have occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning with the first report received just after midnight and another at around 1.15am.

Police are urging anyone who saw any suspicious people or vehicles in the areas to contact them as soon as possible.

Officers have also renewed their advice to residents to take as many crime prevention measures as possible. PC Quita Passmore, of Hambleton Priority Crime Team, said: “We’re urging residents to ensure they take as many security precautions as possible, including locking their doors and windows – even when they are at home.

“Around a third of all burglaries reported across North Yorkshire are at properties where a door or window has been left insecure.

“Opportunist and sneak-in thieves will take advantage of any open door or window. Please make their lives as hard as possible by putting as many obstacles as possible in their way. And please remember not to leave any tempting valuables on display where they can be seen through windows or easily found.”

If you have any information about these incidents or would like to report suspicious behaviour in your area, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

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

For more crime prevention advice, visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/homesecurity you can also download our iBook for lots more advice.

  • ·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.
  • ·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.
  • Fit outside security lighting



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