Crackdown on sneak thieves

THE REGION’S top cop is urging people to help themselves to crackdown on summer burglaries - by attending drop-in sessions on home security.

Sergeant Pete Rogers is leading a series of events across villages to offer advice about sneak thieves.

Last year saw a spate of homes in the region being burgled while the occupants were at home, crimes that Sgt Rogers says can be a terrifying prospect for the victims.

In some cases, doors or windows are left open because of the warmer weather, which can be an invitation to opportunist thieves.

Although no incidents have been recorded this year yet, the recent break-ins at the allotment sheds in Pocklington and at Market Weighton proves that thieves are still operating.

He said: “It’s this time of year when people are in the garden and can leave themselves open to burglars.

“You only have to look at the sheds on The Mile to see that the area is being targeted already.

“We’re fortunate that we have a low level of burglaries in the area, but this does not mean we can be complacent. The incidents last year, and recently, prove that.

“This is an opportunity to prevent them from occurring again - they happened last year and although we’re not saying it will happen again, we need people to think about it and make them prepared.

“Reducing domestic burglaries is a key priority for the police, that’s why these events are so important.

“If we can prevent just one person from falling victim, we will have succeeded.”

The sessions not only look at sneak thieves, but bogus officials whom have been known to target the elderly residents of the area.

Criminals often pose as officials, usually from a utilities company to gain access to a house and steal.

The events will also be attended by the Crime Prevention Officer for the East Riding of Yorkshire, Humberside Fire and Rescue, members of the district Crime Prevention Panel, and Age Concern. Crime prevention and personal safety advice will be available, along with the opportunity to discuss local policing issues with the police.

The next session is at Sutton-on-Derwent Village Hall on 6 June from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Melbourne Village Hall will host a session between 1pm and 4pm on 15 June with another in Wetwang and Stamford Bridge in July.

Sgt Rogers said: “The advice is the key.

“We are putting these sessions on at different times of the day, and although the elderly people are predominantly the victims, it is open to everyone.”