December 17, 2018

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

North Yorkshire Police has launched an on-line app to help you make sure you don’t become the victim of burglars. BurglarProof is a quick and easy step-by-step guide to help you assess your home’s security. A quarter of all burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves taking advantage of an unlocked door or window. Homes that don’t have basic security devices, such as window locks and sturdy door locks, are far more likely to be broken into.

BurglarProof features:

  • a comprehensive home security self-assessment tool
  • a holiday checklist to give you peace of mind when you’re away from home
  • video tips from North Yorkshire Police officers
  • in-depth guides giving you professional, detailed advice on every aspect of home security

Tom Stirling is the Digital Media Officer for North Yorkshire Police who developed the BurglarProof web app. He said: “We developed the app in response to a number of burglaries at insecure properties, which have occurred during the recent spell of warm weather. The aim of the web app is to make checking your home’s security as easy as possible. At North Yorkshire Police we are taking advantage of the latest developments in technology, and using innovative ways of employing it, to help people prevent themselves becoming the victims of crime. The app has been developed at no cost to the force. So if only stops one person from becoming the victim of crime, it has been a worthwhile effort.”

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Sweeting, said: “This app is a great way for people to ensure that their homes are as secure as possible. I urge people to download the app and take the security survey, to help secure their homes from thieves.”

To access the app, visit the NYP App Store at  or visit from any smartphone or tablet.

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