Six arrests as burglary crackdown continues

20 Dec 2012 @ 4.50 pm
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Issued by North Yorkshire Police

Six burglary suspects have been arrested in the last 24 hours in connection with separate incidents in the Thirsk and York areas.

But police ask residents to remain vigilant and take basic steps to protect their property.

An 18-year-old York man was arrested in York yesterday (19 December 2012) and after being questioned, he was charged with burglary at a house in Dalton near Thirsk between 5 and 6 December.

He appeared at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court this morning (20 December 2012) and was remanded in custody – where he will spend Christmas – until he appears back at the magistrates’ court on 28 December 2012.

Another 18-year-old York man was also arrested in connection with the same burglary. He has been released on police bail while investigations continue. He was also arrested and charged with producing cannabis at a property in York and will appear at York Magistrates’ Court on 9 January 2012.

Two men were arrested in the early hours of this morning (20 December 2012) on suspicion of burglary in York. One man, aged 32 of no fixed address. and another aged 25 from York, were arrested shortly after a burglary was reported by a householder in Wellington Street at around 3am this morning (20 December 2012).

Officers were deployed to the scene of the burglary minutes after it was reported and dog handlers conducted a search of the area. They located the two suspects and a number of discarded items in the street, including a laptop and personal items. It is believed some of the items were stolen during another burglary which had not yet been reported to the police.

Both men remain in police custody for questioning.

In a separate incident in York, officers stopped a white transit van on Ostman Road just after 12am (20 December 2012). After police officers conducted a search of the vehicle, they arrested both occupants, two 23-year-old men from York, on suspicion of theft, burglary and possessing an offensive weapon. Both men have been questioned by police officers and released on bail while enquiries continue.

Despite a number of arrests for burglaries this month, officers are urging members of the public to ensure they take crime prevention measures. 30% of burglaries in North Yorkshire are committed at insecure premises, so please remember to lock your doors – even when you are at home.

Follow our basic advice on Home and property security,

Remember to lock all your doors and windows, even if you are at home (make sure you know where the keys are)
Leave a light on when you go out – use a timer switch – a 20 watt low energy bulb costs 2p for four hours
Hide all your valuables – including car keys – away from prying eyes.
Fit outside security lighting
Remove all tools, ladders and other implements from your garden as these can be used to break into your property
Review your boundary security, make sure your gates and fences are in good condition and that outbuildings, sheds and gates have sturdy locks.
Be nosey – report any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood. Many crimes are thwarted and people arrested after members of the public report unusual or suspicious activity to the police.
Review your locks, upgrade your Euro-cylinder locks to one that is specifically designed to prevent lock snapping, known as Break Secure.
Add up the value of all your belongings, then work out how much you spend on keeping them secure.
Ring North Yorkshire Police on 101 to report a crime. If you see a crime in progress or your safety is threatened, always dial 999.

Or you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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