Warning to lock doors after spate of Thirsk break-ins

Police in Thirsk are urging residents to ensure they lock their doors and windows after a spate of sneak-in burglaries.

Over the last few weeks, the Hambleton estate area has been targeted by opportunist thieves who have entered homes through insecure doors and windows and stolen cash and personal items which, in many cases, have been easily visible through the windows.

The latest two incidents occurred overnight on July 24 to 25th, and during one of them, thieves took a jar full of change and a purse from a handbag.

Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries but are also appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them.

Sgt Frances Hannan, of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It’s really tempting to leave windows open during the hot weather, but please remember to only do this in rooms which you are occupying.

“Please don’t leave any tempting valuables such as handbags or purses on view where they can be easily seen from your window or doors.

“Thirsk is a safe, low-crime area, but thieves are always on the look-out for easy targets, and if you give them an opportunity to steal, they will take it. The more obstacles you put in their way, the less likely they are to strike. Remember also, to always lock ladders and tools away at night or anything which can assist a thief to gain access to your home.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, or information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.