Police plea as burglars strike

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A spate of burglaries in Harrogate has prompted a police plea for vigilance.

Three homes were targeted in Harrogate on Monday, in Grantley Drive, Providence Terrace and Primrose Close in Killinghall. All took place in daylight hours, between 7am and 6pm.

Now, police are urging homeowners to take extra care and review their home security.

Detective Chief Inspector Heather Pearson, who leads North Yorkshire Police’s dedicated burglary team, said: “We see an increase in burglaries at this time of year and have introduced a dedicated team to help prevent and detect these crimes. We need householders to be security conscious and make sure they make life as hard as possible for criminals.”

The three burglaries in Harrogate saw electical goods taken as well as jewellery and personal items. An iMac, iPad, laptop and television, were stolen, and during the burglary at Killinghall, items of jewellery were also stolen including a silver Pandora charm bracelet and charms and costume jewellery.

Harrogate’s Safer Neighbourhood Commander, Supt Aubrey Smith, said officers were working closely with local second-hand traders and jewellery stores, but that it was down to homeowners to make sure their houses were secure.

“About half of all burglaries reported to police involve unsecured doors and windows,” he said. “Give a bit of thought, when you’re coming in, as to where you put your keys. Make sure the doors are locked and keys are out of sight.”

Supt Smith is urging residents to be vigilant, to reproter suspicious behaviour and to keep an eye on neighbours’ houses.

“Burglary levels are falling and we’ve reduced them in comparison to last year,” he said.

“We want to continue that, and little things can make a big difference.”