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Warning as Selby area targeted by daytime burglars

Local police are warning residents across the area to be extra vigilant this Christmas following an increase in burglaries across the district.

A high proportion of the crimes have been committed in daylight hours in villages across the Selby district as well as Selby itself.

The suspects have entered the properties by forcing ground floor windows open and once inside, have stolen mainly jewellery and cash.

Officers are carrying out extensive enquiries to locate the suspects, but want residents to make criminals' lives as difficult as possible by taking crime prevention measures, keeping valuables out of view and in places where they are difficult to find.

They also want residents to extra vigilant and report any suspicious people or vehicles to the police.

Acting Detective Sergeant Warren Peters of Selby CID, said: "Many of the burglaries took place in daylight hours or early evening and it's possible that someone may have seen the suspects without realising what they were up to. We urge anyone to contact us with any information which they think could help our investigation.

"Please keep an eye our for any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and do not hesitate to call the police. Don't worry if you think the information is trivial as even the smallest piece of information could be extremely valuable in preventing and detecting crime."

The burglaries have taken place in Selby, Eggborough, Osgodby, South Milford, Monk Fryston, Brayton, Hemingborough and Thorpe Willoughby over the past week.

To pass information about suspicious activity in your area, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the control room.

If you see a crime in progress or in an emergency always call 999.

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First published at 13:45 on Monday, December 23rd, 2013.