Police are warning Selby residents to take care of the safety of their homes this christmas after man has been arrested buy police in Selby in a pre-Christmas crime crackdown.
The 25 year-old was from the Leeds area and taken into custody by officers who travelled to the city suspecting him to have committed three separate burglaries across the Selby area.
Police are advising If residents go out at night, leave a light on and draw the curtains – burglars won’t take the chance if it looks like somebody is home. Keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours and relatives, they are particularly vulnerable to the threat posed by bogus callers..
Keep your doors and windows locked at all times – even when you are at home.Fit a door chain and a door viewer – a good way to keep bogus callers out. Remember: Not sure, don’t open the door! Install security lighting – if other people can see your house a burglar might think twice.Don’t leave a spare key under the doormat or in a flower pot – thieves know where to look.
Be vigilant – report any suspicious people or vehicles to the police.
Inspector Dave Edwards, of North Yorkshire Police, said, “Protecting the communities of North Yorkshire is not just about making arrests, giving people good crime prevention advice is very important too.
“Criminals know that peoples’ houses will be full of expensive Christmas presents at this time of year, therefore home security is extremely important to help keep them out.
“For that reason we have had officers out and about across the force giving residents hints and tips about how they can properly secure their homes from thieves.
“Simple things like leaving a light on or hiding Christmas presents away can go a long way towards deterring burglars from breaking into your home."
If you would like to report a crime or anyone acting suspiciously in your area, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and speak to the Force Control Room. In an emergency always dial 999. If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.