Police in York have launched a crime prevention operation following a spate of sneak-in burglaries to the north of the city.
Since the start of August 2021, more than 20 incidents have occurred in the Heworth, Clifton, Osbaldwick and Tang Hall areas.
In most cases, they have taken place after 8pm and items such as keys, bank cards and handbags have been taken with access gained through unlocked doors or open windows.
Officers are actively tracking down a potential suspect to some of these crimes. We will update you as soon as possible when he is arrested.
In the meantime, the York Outer Neighbourhood Policing Team have set-up Operation Joypad to raise awareness among residents about the importance of home security to prevent being targeted by opportunistic offenders.
This involves officers and PCSOs carrying out high-visibility patrols in the affected villages, proactively checking door handles at properties, and promoting the following basic yet very effective crime prevention advice and measures:
- Lock your doors and windows
- Don’t leave items on display such as car keys, wallets or handbags
- Ensure your rear garden is secure and not inviting to burglars. Consider fitting security lights and external CCTV if the garden is not overlooked
- Video doorbells can double-up as a cheaper alternative to CCTV
Inspector Lee Pointon (pictured) said: “It is a sad fact that opportunist thieves won’t hesitate to walk into your house and steal your laptop, phone, car keys and any other valuables they can get their hands on.
“Thankfully, a few simple security measures can deter sneak-in burglars. Keep doors and windows shut and locked and keep your bikes and garden tools under lock and key.
“A few extra seconds spent closing and locking doors and windows is far better than many hours dealing with the consequences of a burglary.”
Free security marking
The Neighbourhood Policing Team still offers a free security marking service for property including tablets, phones and cycles.
Visibly marked property acts as a deterrent to thieves and, if it is lost or stolen, helps the police to identify its rightful owner and can provide vital evidence in securing prosecutions.
To find out when the next property marking event is taking place, please email email@example.com.
For more information about home security and property marking, please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/homesecurity. You can also download the North Yorkshire Police interactive home security iBook, available for free on iPhone and iPad – just search for “Securing your home” on iTunes.