North Yorkshire Police launch home security iBook

First published in News Gazette & Herald: Photograph of the Author by , jennifer.bell@thepress.co.uk

A campaign to protect homes across North Yorkshire from being targeted by criminals has triggered the launch of an innovative new digital guide.

North Yorkshire Police has become the first UK force to publish an iBook to help keep communities safe.

The iBook, Securing Your Home, features 60 pages of crime prevention advice and can be downloaded from the iTunes store or the North Yorkshire Police website.

The interactive tool contains hundreds of tips on how to protect your home, including chapters on bogus callers, burglary prevention, property marking, vehicle security and rural crime.

Other useful features include videos from officers and PCSOs discussing their top crime prevention tips, links to useful online resources such as Imobilise.com, and a safety checklist to help make your home as safe as possible.

There is also detailed technical information available about doors, windows, lighting and burglar alarms.

The iBook is compatible with the iPad and the iPad Mini and will soon be available for other devices such as iPhone and Android.

North Yorkshire Police’s digital media officer Tom Stirling designed the iBook which was produced at no cost to the force.

He said: “We are always looking for new, innovative ways to communicate with the public and get crime prevention messages across in the most effective way possible. We thought that by publishing an iBook all our tips to keep criminals at bay can be accessed in one place whenever people need advice.”

With 30 per cent of all burglaries in North Yorkshire down to properties being left insecure, the force hopes residents will download the iBook and take the necessary steps to secure their homes.”

Temporary chief constable Tim Madgwick welcomed the initiative. He said: “As a force, our main concern is the safety of our communities and protecting them from people who commit crime.

“A lot of work has gone into preventing burglaries across North Yorkshire and York, but residents and businesses have a part to play too.

“The iBook is an extremely useful tool which people can use to ensure their properties are as secure as they can be. I am pleased the force is leading the way in digital communications, yet again.”

To download the free iBook, search for North Yorkshire Police on iTunes or visit northyorkshire.police.uk/ibook.

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9:36am Fri 18 Jan 13

York1900 says...

Well it would be ok if apple did not want to know credit card details I do not give such information out unless I am buying some thing These firms want to much information to add to there lists of people to pester with Emails
Well it would be ok if apple did not want to know credit card details I do not give such information out unless I am buying some thing These firms want to much information to add to there lists of people to pester with Emails York1900
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9:54am Fri 18 Jan 13

O. MyLord says...

York1900 wrote:
Well it would be ok if apple did not want to know credit card details I do not give such information out unless I am buying some thing These firms want to much information to add to there lists of people to pester with Emails
You don't have to give credit card details to download free content from iTunes, I've set up my son's iPod touch without any bank or credit card details. They also don't send you emails if you don't want them to.
[quote][p][bold]York1900[/bold] wrote: Well it would be ok if apple did not want to know credit card details I do not give such information out unless I am buying some thing These firms want to much information to add to there lists of people to pester with Emails[/p][/quote]You don't have to give credit card details to download free content from iTunes, I've set up my son's iPod touch without any bank or credit card details. They also don't send you emails if you don't want them to. O. MyLord
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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Aren't they called ebooks?

Isn't an iBook a laptop?
Aren't they called ebooks? Isn't an iBook a laptop? Buzz Light-year
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3:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Pete the Brickie says...

Brilliant, our force has spent money on a 60 page digital guide on all a property's likely weak points for burglars.

The only reason the app didn't give the public the ability to track individual officers live was the inability of Mcdonalds wireless network to cope with the massive flow of data such a feature would create.
Brilliant, our force has spent money on a 60 page digital guide on all a property's likely weak points for burglars. The only reason the app didn't give the public the ability to track individual officers live was the inability of Mcdonalds wireless network to cope with the massive flow of data such a feature would create. Pete the Brickie
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11:39am Sat 19 Jan 13

Sillybillies says...

So it can only be used with an iPad and the iPad Mini? What use is it to those who don't have them? Why not make it available in PDF or a format we can all access on a PC?
Temporary chief constable Tim Madgwick welcomed the initiative. He said: “As a force, our main concern is the safety of our communities and protecting them from people who commit crime.
“A lot of work has gone into preventing burglaries across North Yorkshire and York, but residents and businesses have a part to play too.
“The iBook is an extremely useful tool which people can use to ensure their properties are as secure as they can be. I am pleased the force is leading the way in digital communications, yet again.”

The North Yorks Police lead only in gross incompetence. It requires strong leadership from outside.
So it can only be used with an iPad and the iPad Mini? What use is it to those who don't have them? Why not make it available in PDF or a format we can all access on a PC? [quote]Temporary chief constable Tim Madgwick welcomed the initiative. He said: “As a force, our main concern is the safety of our communities and protecting them from people who commit crime. “A lot of work has gone into preventing burglaries across North Yorkshire and York, but residents and businesses have a part to play too. “The iBook is an extremely useful tool which people can use to ensure their properties are as secure as they can be. I am pleased the force is leading the way in digital communications, yet again.”[/quote] The North Yorks Police lead only in gross incompetence. It requires strong leadership from outside. Sillybillies
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