July 22, 2017

Neighbourhood Watch

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

Julia Mulligan holding open meeting and surgery in Pickering.

Residents from across Scarborough and Ryedale have the chance to raise concerns or compliments about crime and policing when the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, comes to the town later this month.

Julia is holding an open Town Hall style meeting with an open Q and A session, taking place between 1pm-2pm on Friday 22nd August 2014 at Pickering Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering YO18 8AA. Members of the public can attend, listen to a talk by Julia Mulligan and have a chance to ask her any question they would like.

An appointment based surgery will then take place between 2pm-3pm, at the same location, giving residents the opportunity to raise personal or private issues, good or bad, on a one on one basis. Surgeries are by appointment only.
If you would like to book some time with Julia – or for further information about other Surgeries – please telephone 01423 569 562 or email info@northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

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 www.northyorkshire.police.uk/appstore  or visit burglarproof.nyp.mobi from any smartphone or tablet.

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

There have been a number of recent burglaries where car keys have been targeted. This serves as a timely reminder to home owners about the importance of ensuring valuables are hidden away from sight when left unattended. Even when at home.

Doors and windows should be locked when possible and no valuables left within reach and sight of open windows/letter boxes.

If you see anybody who is acting in a suspicious manner please call the police immediately on 101

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service and is a North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Message:

How many smoke alarms do you have?

Latest fire statistics reveal that one smoke alarm may not be enough to provide you with the best chance of escaping a fire in the home.

It’s clear that most people know a working smoke alarm can save lives by providing those vital few seconds needed to escape a house fire. But, despite the majority of homes (88%) having at least one working smoke alarm in their home, smoke alarms alerted householders to a fire in England in only a third of cases. The most common reason a smoke alarm failed to activate was because the fire was outside its range. It is also important to remember that smoke alarms don’t last forever. The power might work, but the mechanism deteriorates with time, so whether they are battery operated or wired to the mains, to work at their best they should be replaced every ten years.

For this reason, the Fire Kills campaign and North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are encouraging people to think about the smoke alarms in their home and offer these top five smoke alarm top tips:

Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing.
Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas
Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.
Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.
We would also urge carers and people who keep a close eye on less able friends or relatives to check that these homes have enough smoke alarms in the right places too and that they are regularly tested.

NYFRS offer a free Home Fire Safety visit scheme and where appropriate may be able to supply and fit smoke alarms for free. For further fire safety advice or to book a visit go to www.northyorksfire.gov.uk or call 01609 788545

Dog Owners

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service and Ryedale District Council Dog Warden – From 6 April 2016 all dogs must be microchipped.

Several of the Ryedale Vets are currently offering free microchipping by appointment at Battle Flatts Vets, Norton; Eastgate Vets, Pickering, also Edgemoor Vets at Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering. On 21 May 2014 the Dogs Trust will be at Pickering Pet Shop from 1100-1500 hrs again offering free microchipping.

Neighbourhood Watch

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

[Homes under renovation burglaries]

Homes under renovation have been subject to recent burglaries. Ryedale Police ask people with homes under renovation to be security conscious and to make neighbours aware especially if the premises are unoccupied. Also we ask neighbours to be alert and report suspicious activity immediately via 101

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The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service and from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (NYFRS)

WAKE UP TO THE DEADLY RISK: SMOKING IS THE BIGGEST HOUSE FIRE KILLER

Smokers are being warned that they must wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking – especially when tired. North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (NYFRS), part of the Fire Kills campaign, highlights that a third of all deaths in fires in the home are caused by cigarettes.

Smoking is the single biggest killer in accidental fires in the home, often because of careless behaviour such as smoking in bed or not taking care after drinking alcohol. Falling asleep with a lit cigarette in hand increases the smokers proximity to the resulting fire and seriously lowers their chance of escaping in time.

NYFRS is reminding smokers to ‘Put it Out, Right Out’ whenever they light up; to install smoke alarms on every level of the home; and, to test them on the 1st of every month. Without a working smoke alarm you are at least four times more likely to die in an accidental fire in the home.

These simple steps can help prevent a cigarette fire in the home:

Never smoke in bed. Take care when you’re tired – it’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight

Never smoke when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape.

Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished

Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999

Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended – they can easily overbalance as they burn down

Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn.
Every six days, someone dies from a fire caused by cigarettes or smoking materials. Despite a fall in the overall number of fires caused by these products, it’s still the biggest killer in accidental fires in the home across the country. Every smoker should wake up to the risks they take every time they light up, and drop the habit of smoking whilst in bed or under the influence of alcohol. The risk of falling asleep before you ‘put it out, right out’ is just too great. Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious, so invest in a working smoke alarm and test it monthly. It can give you the extra time you need to escape if the worst should happen.

NYFRS offer free Home Fire Safety Checks and can install smoke alarms for you. If you would like to request this service please call 01609 788545 or via the website www.northyorksfire.gov.uk

Neighbourhood Watch

COLD CALLERS

This is a North Yorkshire Police Message – North Yorkshire Trading Standards welcome reports of traders who cold call at peoples properties in an effort to obtain work.

 As a service we have a zero tolerance approach to cold calling and doorstep crime because we are aware of the detriment that it can cause vulnerable residents.  Itinerant traders use this approach to take advantage of vulnerable consumers, often acting aggressively to railroad people into agreeing to over charged and unnecessary work to their homes.

At this time of year the weather improves and the number of cold callers increases.  Our advice is to be vigilant of anyone approaching you at your door or the door of any vulnerable neighbours; if you witness anything suspicious or any concerning activity, please report it to the Police via 101 or Trading Standards by calling 0845 40 40 506 or by emailing investigationsandsafeguarding@northyorks.gov.uk.

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Suspicious Doorstep Sellers

This is a North Yorkshire Police Message. North Yorkshire Trading Standards have been investigating a number of reports from all over North Yorkshire of a trader operating from a white Ford Transit van selling mattresses.

The explanation given to consumers is that the mattresses originate from a company due to go into liquidation and he is working on behalf of the company to sell as much stock as possible prior to liquidation. They carry business cards with the name “Durest Mattresses”. The mattresses are supposedly brand new memory foam mattresses and are sealed and labelled to indicate such.

A consumer after purchasing the mattress became suspicious and opened up the mattress to discover the “brand new” memory foam mattress was indeed a very old sprung mattress with a thin layer of foam and reupholstered. If you are approached by anyone selling mattresses in these circumstances then please contact North Yorkshire Police non emergency number or Trading Standards.

Neighbourhood Watch

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

[House burglaries]

We have seen an increase in house burglaries on properties where the occupier is either away on holiday or, the premises is a holiday home.

Could we remind people to leave a key with a trusted neighbour, have them check on the property regularly, fit a timer on a light and make sure the usual signs of none occupation are not visible – like letters hanging out of letter boxes, bins on drives, curtains open or closed at the wrong time of day, bins not put out on bin day, etc.