Extra police patrols after rise in crime

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Police have drafted in extra patrols after a rise in burglaries in the Wetherby area.

Last month, thieves targeted 20 properties in and around the town and surrounding villages, including a number of attempted burglaries and vehicle thefts.

Insp Paul Dwyer of Wetherby Police, said: “We have increased our patrols in the local area in response to what has been a small rise in the number of burglaries.

“With the clocks going forward and the lighter evenings we can experience a slight rise in the number of burglaries at this time of year.

”People should use this as a timely reminder to check the security of their homes and outbuildings.”

The monthly average figure for burglary rates in the Wetherby and Harewood area is around 13, police confirmed.

Officers are now urging residents to remain extra vigilant by making sure windows are closed and doors are locked when leaving the house or going to bed.

Insp Dwer added: “I would ask local people to help us do that by thinking about their own home security and keeping an eye on neighbouring properties.”

Chairman of Wetherby and District Crime Prevention Panel, Maureen Brewer, said: “Burglary has a devastating impact on people’s lives. It has a lasting mental impact and doesn’t go away once things are replaced.

“Wetherby has a lower crime rate than inner city Leeds areas, so we must keep it in perspective, but even one burglary is one too many.”

Report a crime to police by dialling crime number 101.