Police warn residents as crime rise continues

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A SPATE of burglaries and thefts from vehicles has continued this week - with 32 new incidents reported.

As reported in last week’s Advertiser, police were tackling a rise in crime which had seen 45 homes and 73 cars targeted since the beginning of April.

Police are now urging people to be vigilant and improve security after the incidents continued this week.

Since last Thursday, there have been six house burglaries and 12 cars broken into, mostly in the Hookstone area, with 14 non-house burglaries of commercial premises and garages mainly around Harrogate town centre.

Among the items taken were purses, cash, phones and silverware from homes and laptops, bicycles, a projector, CDs and some Steiff collectable bears.

Insp Will Scarlett of Harrogate Police said: “We would continue to urge people to protect their property. People must keep their houses secure and remove items from their vehicles so that the thief has nothing to steal.

“Please review your security and join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. One of the best ways of protecting yourself is having others looking out for you.

“If there isn’t a scheme in your area, then make contact with the police and we can help you start up your own scheme.”

Five people have been arrested and some charged, but police are continuing their inquiries. Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060247 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.