22 October, 2020

Security upgrades begin to protect homes and residents in parts of Selby

Protect your home
A major project to improve the protection of homes and farms in the Whitley ward of Selby is underway with over 350 households having signed up for a free review of their security.

£548,000 of Home Office funding from the Safer Streets scheme is being invested in the area after being put forward by North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan.

Damon Rodwell explains how perimeter alarms work to local farmer and Rural Task Force officers.
Damon Rodwell explains how perimeter alarms work to local farmer and Rural Task Force officers.

Working closely with local policing teams, the Rural Task Force, councils and partners, the Protect Your Home project is providing home safety and security advice to farms and homeowners with urgent crime prevention solutions recommended and funded after a free review.

Hundreds more residents are eligible for the free survey, which must be carried out before March next year, and Julia is encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible:

“The more homes we can protect, the safer the whole community will be. That is why I want as many people as possible to have their home security survey to reduce their risk from burglaries which are far too common in the Whitley ward of Selby due to its location with easy access to major roads.

“The survey is free, it’s backed by the police, councils and crime prevention partners, and it will be carried out in a Covid-secure way keeping homeowners and their families safe.

“If you have signed up, please encourage your neighbours to make where you live as secure as possible. If you haven’t, please sign up and make sure your home isn’t unprotected when others around you are more secure.”

All residential properties in the communities of Balne, Beal, Cridling Stubbs, Heck, Hensall, Kirk Smeaton, Little Smeaton, Stapleton, Stubbs Walden, Whitley and Womersley are eligible and can sign up now:

Tomlinson, the company contracted to undertake the security surveys and upgrades, have already started home visits in Womersley and surveys and upgrades will take place between October 2020 and March 2021 providing:

The project will include:

  • Providing prevention and security advice to all households to help them protect themselves
  • Providing security upgrades to vulnerable doors and windows, detached garages and sheds
  • Creating earth banks, known as bunds, and blocking gates around fields to stop criminals crossing them to get to the rear of properties.
  • Providing farms with perimeter security to provide early warning of people entering their land