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York students urged to help prevent crime
STUDENTS in York have been urged to increase security at their homes following a string of burglaries in the city.
Hundreds of pounds-worth of goods, including computers, games consoles and smart phones, were stolen from four properties in Wolsley Street, Willis Street, St Nicholas Crescent and Merchant Way on Sunday.
Detectives investigating the burglaries arrested and questioned a 37-year-old local man at 8.20pm on Monday.
He has been released on bail while inquiries continue.
A police spokesman said entry to the properties was gained through unlocked doors, and officers have pledged to work closely with the University of York and York St John University “to raise awareness about basic crime prevention”.
Inspector Jo Brooksbank, of the York safer neighbourhood team said: “As well as regular patrols and meetings at both universities, we are also sending a letter to the students to ensure our crime and safety messages sink in.
“It is vital that the students themselves take responsibility for securing their accommodation and possessions at all times.
“Even just taking some simple steps such as locking doors, closing windows and keeping expensive equipment out of sight, will go along way to keep opportunistic criminals away.”
A free app has also been launched and designed by North Yorkshire Police which provides students with tips to keep themselves and their possessions safe while at university.
NYP@Uni includes crime prevention checklists, step-by-step guides and YouTube videos about identity theft, personal safety and burglary.
It is available for free at uni.nyp.mobi from any smartphone, tablet or computer.
Anyone with information about any of the burglaries should phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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