DETECTIVES investigating a number of shed burglaries in Selby District have made five arrests.
Officers have been making extensive inquires since seven shed break-ins were reported in Womersley and Criddling Stubbs between December 10 and 23 2012.
On Monday three teenagers from the West Yorkshire area, aged 16, 17, and 18, were arrested along with two men in their 20s – one from West Yorkshire and one of no fixed address.
They have all been released on police bail as enquiries continue.
Inspector Richard Abbott, of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These arrests demonstrate that we are determined to put a stop to cross border crime in the Selby District.
“If you come into our area to commit crime, we will do everything in our power, along with our colleagues from neighbouring forces, to find you and bring you to justice.”
North Yorkshire Police is urging residents to follow some simple crime prevention advice to keep thieves out.
If you have a door lock or window lock on your outbuilding, use it.
If you don’t have a lock look at what type you could fit. In some cases a simple padlock and hasp correctly fitted to a door can deter the opportunist thief. Use a close coupled padlock for increased security.
Fit window locks or a grill to the inside of garage and shed windows.
Garage doors should be lockable or secured by padlocks. A simple method of security for up and over doors is to drill a hole in the top channel above the wheels and insert a padlock into the hole. This prevents the wheel moving above the padlock so keeping the door closed. Even better, drill a hole in each channel and use two padlocks. Alternatively, the up and over door can be secured by an outer bracket and floor eyelet bolted to the bottom of the door and secured by a padlock into the floor eyelet.
If you have an integral door between your home and garage. Consider this as an external door and secure it appropriately. Don’t forget to keep it locked.
Consider external lighting, either dusk ‘to dawn lighting or PIR lighting dependant on the location of the outbuilding.
Consider marking your valuable items with your postcode in a prominent position or by forensic marking of which there are several inexpensive choices available.
Consider placing smaller items in a secure cabinet within your shed or garage, or store them in your home. Do NOT store petrol or other fuels in your home.
Consider a shed alarm, an inexpensive item easily fitted.
Keep your keys secure. Do not leave any car or house keys in any shed or outbuilding.
For more crime prevention advice, visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/homesecurity
If you would like to report a burglary or any suspicious behaviour in your area, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.
If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.
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