Warning to lock doors and windows as burglars strike

Police tape
Police tape

Police have arrested a man in Harrogate after a two-in-one burglary in the town.

A house was broken into on Carlton Road between July 26 and 27, burglars smashing a window to get in while the home owner was away.

They stole electrical items and an Audi A3 parked on the drive. Police say the car was later recovered in Harrogate after its tracking device was activated.

A 27-year-old man local man was arrestedon Monday and has been released on bail while enquiries continue.

A second man from Harrogate has also been arrested, this time in connection with the theft of a car during a house party in Boroughbridge. The keys to a black Hyundai were taken and used to steal the vehicle sometime overnight between Friday and Saturday, during the gathering on St James Meadow.

The car was later found abandoned on the A6055 at Staveley. Police say a 19-year-old was arrested on Monday in connection with the offence and has since been bailed as enquiries continue.

North Yorkshire Police has now issued advice to home owners as part of its ongoing campaign, called Operation Haven, to clamp down on burglars.

More than a third of all burglaries are crimes of opportunity, say police, where entry is through an unlocked door or window.

“Nationwide, burglary has fallen by nearly 60 per cent since 1995,” said a spokesman.

“But criminals are opportunists who will take advantage of any chance to steal from you, so you should remain aware.”