Strensall arrests as burglary fight continues

14 Jan 2013 @ 5.31 pm
| News

Issued by North Yorkshire Police

Two men are in custody on suspicion of burglary after they were disturbed at a property in Strensall last night (Sunday 13 January 2013).

North Yorkshire Police were called at 7.40pm on Sunday 13 January 2013 to reports of suspicious activity at a property on Flaxton Road, Strensall.

The offenders left the scene when they were disturbed by the owner of the property. However, thanks to the description of the suspects and their vehicle, police quickly traced them to an address in New Earswick where the pair were arrested just after 9pm.

Both suspects are from York and are aged 45, they remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Heather Pearson who heads the force’s burglary crackdown, Operation Haven, said: “These swift arrests are as a result of information received from a member of the public which helped officers quickly identify the vehicle and the suspects believed to be involved.

“It’s a great example of how accurate information passed to the force control room, can assist police officers in finding and arresting suspects as quick as possible.”

To report any suspicious activity, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, do not hesitate to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you see a crime in progress always call 999.

Follow our basic tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime:

  • Remember to lock all your doors and windows, even if you are at home (make sure you know where the keys are)
  • Don’t advertise your Christmas presents by leaving the packaging outside for all to see, rip it up and bin it or take it to the tip.
  • 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. It’s likely very little in comparison.

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