POLICE in Harrogate are warning shopkeepers to be on their guard after a spate of burglaries in the town centre.
In the past month nine Harrogate businesses have been broken into - mirroring a spate of thefts in Knaresborough over the same time period.
Hundreds of pounds in cash, as well as credit cards, driving licences, keys, cameras, laptops and mobile phones have all been stolen.
Sgt Geoff Crocker, of the Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team, said the force was reviewing CCTV footage to catch the culprits and was pursuing several lines of enquiry.
“Both these spates of commercial burglaries are unusual but we are not connecting them at this time,” he said.
“Since both town centres have CCTV we experience very few commercial burglaries in these areas.”
Properties in Commercial Street, East Parade, Albert Street, Haywra Street, Cambridge Road and Station Parade have all been broken into.
Still missing are items including two Fuji Finpics cameras, a laser tape measure and a Samsung laptop.
Sgt Crocker said Harrogate police were working closely with Harrogate Borough Council and the Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Officers are also meeting with local contacts in Harrogate and Knaresborough through the Retailers Against Shop Theft group as well as town centre management teams to warn shops about these incidents.
He is urging all shopkeepers to fit and set burglar alarms and reminding the, not to store any significant sums of cash or valuables on the property.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Harrogate police on 0845 6060247.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555111.