12:19pm Friday 16th August 2013
POLICE in Hambleton and Richmondshire are urging residents to be vigilant after a rise in shed break-ins.
Officers are conducting extra patrols and are holding crime prevention surgeries in various locations to advise people on properly securing their sheds and outbuildings against thieves.
So far this year in Hambleton and Richmondshire, there have been 133 shed burglaries compared to 79 during the same period in 2012.
Officers are confident that by working together with the public they can help to prevent further incidents.
Sgt Simon Wilson, of Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Thieves often see sheds as easy targets but we can help make life difficult for them by ensuring they are securely locked and by chaining up any valuable items, such as bikes, stored inside.
“Most thieves are opportunistic and will not hesitate if they see a chance to steal your property. By being security conscious residents can ensure that those chances are greatly reduced.”
More crime prevention advice and information about drop-in surgeries is available at www.northyorkshire.police.uk
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