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VIDEO: Harrogate burglary warning after 91 break-ins

VIDEO: Harrogate burglary warning after 91 break-ins

Published at 7:04am 8th October 2015. (Updated at 10:28am 8th October 2015)

People across the Harrogate District are being urged to take security seriously following a spate of burglaries.

Since April this year, 91 residential properties have been burgled, with the crimes happening both during the day and at night.

The Harrogate District Community Safety Group says that whilst the area remains a safe place to live, it wants 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.

As well as providing crime prevention advice in areas affected by the burglaries, it's also keen to remind households that they can do a great deal to reduce the risk of being a victim of burglary and other crimes.

Residents are being urged to follow this basic crime prevention advice:

  • Keep all doors and windows locked, even if you are at home, or use limiters to restrict the opening.
  • When you lock an outer door, remove the key from the door and put it in a safe place.
  • Make sure that your house looks occupied by leaving lights on in the evening and consider using plug in timers for the lights.
  • If not already fitted, consider a professionally installed burglar alarm and security lights.
  • Do not leave valuables such as wallets, handbags, jewellery or car keys on display.
  • Use a door chain or other limiter to allow fresh air in, without leaving the door open and unsecured.
  • Close and, if possible, lock driveway gates, garages and other outbuildings.
  • Don’t leave ladders and other items around for burglars to use to gain access to open windows on the first floor.
  • Report anything suspicious to the police by dialling 101 in a non-emergency or 999 in an emergency.

Inspector Penny Taylor, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "We are currently providing high-visibility patrols in previously targeted locations and are questioning known offenders.

"Being a victim of burglary is very upsetting. We are here to support the victims of crime and we are doing all we can to catch the criminals responsible.

"We want householders to review their home security and make it harder for burglars to enter a home. Simple actions can make a significant difference. If you do see anything suspicious, please report it."

This video shows what you can do to prevent burglaries:


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