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Students get help to beat the burglars
10:19am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A COMMUNITY action day has been held to encourage York students to take steps to protect themselves from crime and become involved in the local community.
North Yorkshire Police, local councillors, residents association representatives, the student housing company IG Properties and the University of York Students’ Union hosted the event at Hull Road Cooperative store and Hull Road Park on Saturday.
The mobile police office was parked outside the store, offering students free cycle security marking and crime prevention and personal safety advice. Patrols also visited student properties, looking for open and insecure windows and doors, and left balloons dubbed ‘Bob the Burglar’ to remind students of the risks they had taken.
Acting Sergeant Neil Slater of York Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “One of the biggest problems we have is students leaving doors and windows open, giving sneak-in thieves an opportunity to take their very desirable gadgets such as iPads, smartphones and laptops.”
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