POLICE are urging residents to lock their doors and windows and keep valuables out of sight following spate of sneak-in burglaries across the county.
And even though Ryedale has seen a 10 per cent drop in domestic burglaries, Inspector Andy Everitt, the district commander, wants to hammer home the point to residents and remind them not to be “complacent.”
Overall, the policing area of Scarborough and Ryedale has seen a 12 per cent rise in the offence from April 2012 to the end of September while there have been break-ins in Selby, Richmondshire, York, Harrogate and Craven.
Often properties are targeted by opportunist thieves who have entered unlocked homes and stolen cash and personal items which, in many cases, have been easily visible through the windows.
And although Operation Haven, the ongoing burglary reduction campaign, has seen an 18 per cent fall in the crime across North Yorkshire since April 2012 compared to the same period in the previous financial year, residents are being urged to take extra measures to increase their home security.
“Whilst Scarborough District has seen small increases in the numbers of burglary dwelling, Ryedale on the other hand has seen a 10% decrease in these offences compared to this time last year,” said Insp Everitt.
“So far 27 dwelling burglaries in Ryedale have been reported and investigated by us however that is 27 too many. None of us can be complacent and I urge all Ryedale residents to take note of this simple advice.”
Simple steps such as fitting security lights and burglar alarms, locking windows and doors at all time, and keeping valuables and car keys out of sight, will go a long way to reduce the threat of opportunistic criminals targeting homes.
Residents are also encouraged to look around their property to take away the temptation from potential burglars.
And, if in doubt, simply pop into Malton Police Station or speak to representatives from Safer Ryedale and any other crime prevention teams.
But it is not just residents who should take heed of security advice but also business owners.
Inspector Everitt said: “Burglary other in Ryedale which includes for example business premises, sheds, garages and agricultural buildings has seen a slight rise in number from 77 offences this time last year to 89 offences this year. Items being targeted include power tools, plant, diesel and metal. Ryedale police continues to target offenders and much of this security advice applies to sheds and garages.”
He added: “That said the crime reduction picture for Ryedale is showing a further 7% reduction in all crime committed, that’s 61 fewer victims of crime compared to last year. Ryedale police will continue to target persistent offenders and deter and disrupt criminality within the district.”