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Burglary Warning for People in Pocklington and Market Weighton


3:54pm 21st March 2013

People in Pocklington and Market Weighton are being warned to take action to avoid being a victim of burglaries.

Sergeant Pete Rogers has written this article for Minster FM.

With the spring now upon us, we all want to relax, enjoy the sun, potter around in the garden and to get out in the fresh air to do those little jobs around the house that have been waiting to be sorted out since the cold days of winter.

As I patrol my area, I see people up ladders, people working away in their gardens and others simply enjoying the warmer weather.

But, without sounding like a misery, there can be a downside to this if we’re not careful.

Recent weekly figures showed that 33% of domestic burglaries across the East Riding of Yorkshire involved insecurity. By that, I mean access was gained to houses because doors or windows were open and allowed offenders the opportunity to get in. Whilst burglary levels are low across the county, this figure shows that the recent efforts that have been put into highlighting the need for residents to consider their home security has to some extent gone unheeded in some quarters. And that is worrying.

The Police can target prolific offenders; they can patrol the areas where burglaries take place; they can run crime prevention events highlighting security; they can provide every possible line of investigation should someone become a victim of burglary, but if people ignore the simple things they can do themselves to prevent becoming a victim of crime, we are giving the thief a chance and potentially leaving ourselves open to being targeted by them.

We need people to meet us half way here and think about their home security as well!

So what can we do?

We need to ensure that our homes are secure when we leave them and ensure that we don’t leave potential entry points open and accessible on a night when we’re asleep.

We might be out working in the garden, leaving windows or doors to our homes wide open. We might be out of sight of our open doors or windows, perhaps with a loud lawn mower or power tools going, and it is so easy in these circumstances for a sneak thief to take advantage of the situation, go inside our homes and steal things.

The same applies with our sheds and garages. We open these up to take out the tools that we want, but how often do we leave the doors wide open and go off into the garden leaving everything in them on display to passers by? How easy it then is for someone to take advantage of this situation and steal bikes, power tools or garden equipment!

And then there’s the car to consider: On a warm day, there might be a temptation to leave it parked up on the drive with its windows open to allow fresh air to circulate. But if we’re leaving it unattended, it is easy for someone to take items from it or even to steal it.

In all three of the circumstances I’ve outlined, there’s the potential to lose valuable property, have your house burgled, or lose your car!

And please remember to help us to help you! The kinds of thefts I have described are committed by opportunists who could be wandering around your neighbourhood looking to take advantage of people who leave their property insecure.

If you want crime prevention advice, contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team. Our Police Community Support Officers are trained in home security and could help provide you with the information that reduces your chance of being a victim of crime.

Don’t let the thieves get away  with it!

If you get a suspicious person or vehicle in your street, let us know by ringing Humberside Police on101 (or 999 if there’s a crime in progress). If you can safely do so, get registration numbers or note the description of the person seen and what they are doing. The more information we get, the better we can help you and your community. You may even prevent or help detect a crime! We’re already getting lots of good information this way, so help us to help you to keep your Neighbourhood safe!

So do enjoy the sun, but think security but don’t allow yourself to become a victim of crime.

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