Timely crime prevention advice following garage burglary in Scarborough
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With the evenings drawing in as we head towards autumn, North Yorkshire Police has issued key crime prevention advice following a garage burglary in Scarborough.
The incident happened in the Scholes Park Cliff area overnight between Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August 2022.
The garage door had been forced open and a pit bike - a small off-road motorcycle – was stolen.
Extensive police enquiries have led to the arrest of three 16-year-old boys and the recovery of the pit bike.
One of the suspects was arrested this morning (Tuesday 6 September) and he remains in custody for questioning. The others have been released on conditional bail while the investigation continues.
Anyone with information is asked to make a report via the North Yorkshire Police website or by calling 101.
Anonymous reports can also be made to Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555111.
Either way, please make sure you quote reference number 12220151879.
Keeping your garage or shed safe and secure
Many people don’t secure their garage or shed in the same way they do their homes - often using an easy-to-break lock or padlock to protect valuable contents such as a car, motorcycle, bicycle or lawnmower.
An opportunistic burglar will try a garage or shed first because they can find the tools they need to break into the main house.
Start to think like a thief…take a good look at your garage or shed and consider how you would break in.
Here’s what we advise:
It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws
Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows, these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills
Alarm it – if not wired to the house security system, consider a battery-operated garage or shed alarm. They look low key, but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren
Lock it, hide it or mark it - don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain
Secure your motorcycle or bicycle to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked garage or shed
It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view
Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option
If you do fall victim to burglary, check that your home insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft
Lastly, but most importantly, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around
Make a report
We urge residents and businesses to report suspicious activity or burglary incidents via the North Yorkshire Police website or by calling us on 101.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously online or on 0800 555111.
If a burglary is in progress, always dial 999 for an emergency response.
We hope this information is helpful and provides reassurance that we’re here to keep you, your loved ones and your property safe and secure.