Spike in burglaries sparks police security warning

DCI Heather Pearson has urged residents to secure their homes.
DCI Heather Pearson has urged residents to secure their homes.

Police are urging residents to step-up security in their homes following a spike in burglaries in Scarborough.

The town has been identified as a hot-spot for the crime in recent months following a 12 per cent rise since April.

Ryedale and Selby have also been targeted and break-ins have occurred in Richmondshire, York, Harrogate and Craven, but to a lesser extent.

Despite the rise, North Yorkshire Police said there had been a reduction in burglaries in the county compared to last year as a result of Operation Haven.

Det Chief Insp Heather Pearson, who is co-ordinating the campaign against burglary, said: “While residents can be assured police are working around the clock to deter, catch and bring burglary suspects to justice, it is still vital for people to do everything they can to ensure their homes are secure.”