Police are asking residents to do the neighbourly thing and keep an eye on each others' properties if they are away on holiday.
They have also reiterated the importance of taking adequate security measures while properties are empty.
Sergeant Neil Northend, of Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Our advice comes following an incident in Northallerton where two men entered a house while the homeowner was away, stayed overnight and caused damage to the property.
"As well as homeowners taking the necessary crime prevention measures before they go away, we are asking residents who see any suspicious people or vehicles in their neighbourhood to notify the police.
"If you know your neighbour is away, please keep an eye on their house, and if possible, remove any signs of their absence such as post sticking out of the letterbox, milk left on the doorstep and bins left out in the road. Check their property occasionally to make sure their doors and windows have not been entered.
"Please don't hesitate to report any suspicious activity or people to the police on 101. Or, if you see a crime in progress, please dial 999."
3.27pm - 23 August 2012