Three people have been arrested after burglaries around Nidderdale.
Police arrested two 26-year-old men and a 22-year-old woman, all from Leeds, in the early hours of Friday, December 7, after two homes in Pateley Bridge and a third in Thurscross were broken into.
All of the burglaries took place on Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7 and another burglary was reported in Harrogate on Monday, December 3.
Police officers spotted a Renault Megane parked close to Mill Cottages after a home there was targeted by burglars.
The three occupants of the vehicle, two 26-year-old men and a 22-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Now officers are urging residents to take care of their home security, particularly during the festive period when criminals know that people will have Christmas presents in their homes.
Around a third of all burglaries committed in North Yorkshire are carried out at insecure properties where people have left a door or window unlocked, officers said.
Detective Inspector Maria Taylor, of Harrogate CID, said: “Burglaries tend to increase at this time of year, due to the dark nights and thieves targeting properties to look for expensive Christmas gifts.
“It is very important that people extra-vigilant and ensure that they take home security seriously. Many burglaries can be prevented by taking very simple measures such as ensuring all windows and doors are locked, even when at home.
“Please take a moment to think about your security arrangements before a thief ruins Christmas for you and your family.”
Police tips for basic crime prevention
• 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.