Tadcaster burglary alert

Police have reissued their warning to residents to lock their windows and doors following another two-in-one burglary in Tadcaster.

Overnight between 10.30pm on Tuesday 23 July 2013 and 6am the following morning, burglars broke into a house on Ingleby Drive through an insecure window.

Once inside, they stole the keys to a Volkswagen Passat before stealing the car which was parked outside.

Also taken in the burglary were a handbag, two wallets, a Samsung Galaxy Ace mobile phone, a Blackberry Bold smart phone, a HP lap-top and a Samsung Net-book.

Anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the Ingleby Drive area of Tadcaster is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Tadcaster Police.

Or pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote incident number 12130124140 when passing on information about this crime.

A force spokesman said: “North Yorkshire Police are doing all they can to bring the offenders to justice, but they need members of the public to help in the fight against crime and take the most basic crime prevention measures.

“Officers are urging members of the public to always lock their doors and accessible windows at night and when they leave the house, and to always hide their valuables away from view, including car keys.

“Understandably, the hot weather is leading to home owners leaving windows open to air rooms.

“However the thieves know this and will seize any opportunity to enter insecure premises.

“Please be vigilant and make sure your home and outbuildings are secure.”

Police issured the following basic crime prevention advice to avoid becoming a victim:

Hide your keys away at night where thieves cannot see them or easily find them

Lock doors, garages, sheds and gates – even when you are at home

Downstairs windows should only be open if you are in the room

Don’t tempt thieves by leaving valuables on view through windows, letterboxes or cat-flaps.

Always lock your car and remove valuables

Keep your car in the garage if you have one. If thieves can’t see your car – they can’t steal it.

Fit a car alarm or tracking device if finances allow and remember to use them

Don’t leave garden implements or tools outside as thieves can use these to gain entry to your property

Leave a light and radio on when you go out at night

Make it part of your routine to check all windows and doors before you go to bed or go out