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Thefts on the rise around Kirkbymoorside
KIRKBYMOORSIDE police are urging people to be on the look out for suspicious behaviour after a spate of thefts and burglaries near the town.
Police know that although people have been spotted acting suspiciously at unusual times, no one has reported the activity to the police.
Now officers are appealing for Kirkbymoorside residents to come forward straight away if they see anything worrying.
Sergeant Neil Campbell said: “Although Ryedale is amongst the safest places to live and work in the country, we need you to report any suspicious activity so that we can respond to it.
“Officers would far rather deal with a well intentioned report which turns out to have an innocent explanation than to let a criminal get away from the scene of their crime.”
Police are also urging people to take precautions against crime by keeping windows and doors locked, installing security lighting, setting burglar alarms and not leaving things like ladders which can help criminals break in lying around.
North Yorkshire Police’s Operation Hawk has been launched to fight rural crime and travelling criminals. Volunteers from the Rural, Farm and Border Watch schemes, as well the national parks and the National Farmers’ Union have been helping spread crime prevention advice.
Sgt Campbell added: “Operation Hawk is aimed at disrupting the activities of criminals who come into the county to commit offences against people living in the rural areas of our county. The more people who provide us with information, the more successful we will be, and the safer you will be.”
Anyone who sees a crime taking place should dial 999 immediately and report it to the police.
Or to report suspicious behaviour please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information the Force Control Room.
Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.