Villagers have been urged to be on the lookout for potential criminals posing as motorists crawling around roads looking for high-priced properties.
PC Paul Fenwick told members of the Malton Rural East Community and Police Group that most of the crime in Ryedale was being committed by travelling criminals from the North East, and South and West Yorkshire.
“Travelling criminals are often involved in burglary,” he told the group at its meeting in Rillington. “The police response is to disrupt them by fining them for small matters such as dirty number plates, giving them the opportunity to search a car and check documents.“
He added: “They look for nice villages with reasonably high priced properties. Break-ins are done in daylight not the middle of the night. The public can help by reporting cars seen crawling around streets or drivers sat in cars watching comings and goings in a village.”