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26 January, 2021

Time’s running out to get free security checks to protect you, your home and your family

Residents across the Whitley area of Selby are being urged not to miss out on free upgrades to their home security, as the deadline for the checks and enhancements approaches.

Residents are urged to sign up before Friday 5 February 2021.

The Protect Your Home project, funded by over half a million pounds of Home Office money secured by the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, must be spent by the end of March.

Fitter Lee Harrison refitting the door handle after upgrading the lock to a secure anti snap lock meeting Secured by Design standardAlready hundreds of homes across the area have signed up, had their free security checks and received advice from North Yorkshire Police, councils and partners with some having received free video doorbells to help protect their properties.

Among the headlines so far:

  • 850 homes have signed up
  • 270 surveys have been carried out
  • 240 have already received upgrades to their security
  • 1,000 security products have been installed
  • 65 farms have been surveyed
  • 35 farms have received security upgrades

More support will be on offer next month with a free online crime prevention workshop led by local police teams. The event on Monday, 1 February at 1pm, is open to residents in those communities and you can sign up by sending an email to

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said:

“Keeping homeowners, their families and the communities they are part of safe and feeling safe is my priority and the ‘Protect Your Home’ project is one which residents simply cannot afford to ignore.

“The survey is free, backed by the police, councils and crime prevention partners, and is carried out in a Covid-secure way giving practical advice and using the latest technology, such as video doorbells, to keep burglars away.

“The best way of deterring criminals from the entire community is for as many residents as possible to sign up and make their properties more secure. You don’t want your home to be more vulnerable because your neighbours’ home is more secure, so please sign up not before time runs out. “

The project is open to residents in Balne, Beal, Cridling Stubbs, Eggborough, Heck, Hensall, Kellington, Kirk Smeaton, Little Smeaton, Stapleton, Stubbs Walden, Whitley and Womersley. They can join the scheme by:

To sign up to the online crime prevention workshop, email:

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Pictured are:

  • Feature image – Fitter Andy Smith with examples of door security products
  • Mid way – Fitter Lee Harrison refitting the door handle after upgrading the lock to a secure anti snap lock meeting Secured by Design standard