ProtectYourHome – About this project

Protect your home
Background, timeline and news stories
Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Where is this project running?

This project will run in the Whitley Ward area of Selby District Council, including : Eggborough, Balne, Beal, Cridling Stubbs, Heck, Hensall, Kellington, Kirk Smeaton, Little Smeaton, Stapleton, Stubbs Walden, Whitley and Womersley,

Video door bells
If you have already signed up, had a survey or security upgrade, we will be back in touch to arrange for the installation of your video door bell.

Project schedule

  • 6 August
    Briefing to all stakeholders
  • 20 August to 18 September
    Distribution of letters to householders
  • 9 September
    Local police start visiting households to encourage sign up to the project
  • 18 September
    Posters go up communities
    Scheme is promoted on local Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and other community groups.
    North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Task Force start farm visitsto survey and discuss upgrade options.
  • September 2020 to March 2021
    Security surveys and upgrades
  • December
    Eggborough and Kellington areas included in the project
    Video door bells added to the crime prevention toolkit
  • January 2021
    Security upgrades at farms begins

What stage are we at right now – 12 February 2021

  • 620 homes have signed up
  • 345 surveys have been completed
  • J.Tomlinson are increasing the number of technicians allocated to this project from four to six to ensure we can complete security upgrades for everyone who has signed up.
  • Video doorbells are now being fitted
  • Properties where a visit has already taken place are now being contacted to ask if they would like a video doorbell fitted
  • All 65 farms have been surveyed
  • All 65 farms have received security upgrades (intruder sensor beams and alarms)
  • Right now, security surveys are being undertaken in the Balne, Beal, Heck, Stapleton and Whitley areas.
  • All residents who have had their homes surveyed or had their security upgraded, now feel more secure in their homes than they did before.
  • We will be moving on to Hensall in February then Eggborough, and Kellington in March.
  • Advanced number plate recognition (ANPRs) cameras are on order. Locations have been identified and an installation schedule is being drafted

How we’re working to keep you Covid safe

  • When making appointments we will check with the householder whether any people within the property are vulnerable, are isolating or have Covid symptoms.
  • When arriving at the property, our contractor, J Tomlinson will check with the householder whether any people within the property are vulnerable, are isolating, have Covid symptoms and that it is safe to undertake the security upgrades.
  • J Tomlinson employees will work withing a bubble of two people throughout the project, they will:
    • be subject a fortnightly Covid Test
    • wear appropriate protective equipment and masks
    • carry cleaning materials and will wipe down surfaces before and after completing their work
    • dispose of all cleaning materials
    • ensure a good safe working distances of two metres
    • ensure that limited time is spent within a property with the majority of their work being undertaken from outside or with doors and windows open for ventilation
    • work in a team of two to reduce the time at each property

More information about J Tomlinson’s Covid working practices are available on their website.

When will I receive my letter?

This project will reach more than 1,700 homes and is being carried out in phases. Expect to receive your letter, after:

  • Kirk Smeaton – 20 August
  • Little Smeaton – 20 August
  • Stapleton – 20 August
  • Cridling Stubbs – 25 August
  • Stubbs Walden – 25 August
  • Womersley – 25 August
  • Whitley – 1 September
  • Whitley – 8 September
  • Balne – 15 September
  • Heck – 15 September
  • Hensall – 5 October
  • Beal – 12 October
  • Eggborough – 17 to 23  December
  • Kellington 17 to 23 December

I havent received a letter

If you havent received a letter, dont worry, please fill in our online form or email us at help@ProtectYourHome.org.uk and we will check to see if your home is eligible.

When can I expect my survey and security upgrades to be completed?

Balne January 2021
Beal January 2021
Cridling Stubbs December 2020
Eggborough March 2021
Heck January 2021
Hensall February 2021
Kellington March 2021
Kirk Smeaton December 2020
Little Smeaton December 2020
Stapleton January 2021
Stubbs Walden December 2020
Whitley February / March 2021
Womersley October 2020
Farms January 2021

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

26 January 2021
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.

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 Digital.PCSO@NorthYorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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: Digital.PCSO@NorthYorkshire.pnn.police.uk


More homes and more technology added to efforts to protect homes in parts of Selby

2 December 2020
More homes across parts of Selby are now able to improve their security as part of a half a million pound scheme from North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to keep communities safe and feeling safe.

The Home Office’s Safer Streets ‘Protect Your Home’ project is now being expanded to Eggborough and Kellington with homeowners there urged to sign up to get a free security survey.

Fitter Lee Harrison refitting the door handle after upgrading the lock to a secure anti snap lock meeting Secured by Design standard
Fitter Lee Harrison refitting the door handle after upgrading the lock to a secure anti snap lock meeting Secured by Design standard

They join the other communities – of Balne, Beal, Cridling Stubbs, Heck, Hensall, Kirk Smeaton, Little Smeaton, Stapleton, Stubbs Walden, Whitley and Womersley – where the crackdown on burglars and burglary has already seen hundreds of homes be part of the crime crackdown.

The latest technology is being used as part of the project, with a limited supply of free video doorbells – allowing you to see who is outside your property – available for residents alongside other advice and support provided by local policing teams, the Rural Task Force, councils and partners.

People living in the villages and towns covered by the project are being urged to sign up if they haven’t already as the money has to be invested in the community before the end of March 2021.

Julia Mulligan said:

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

“The security surveys are free, open to everyone living in these areas and I’m delighted we’ve been able to add Eggborough and Kellington to the list of those who can benefit.

“It’s also important we’re using the latest technology to make the crackdown on criminals as complete as possible, which is why having video doorbells available – for free – to some, is a really welcome step.

“The best way of deterring burglars and keeping our properties safe is for everyone eligible to sign up, find out how they can protect themselves and get the support available for free to do that. Time’s running out though – this money and support is only available until March and I don’t want anyone to miss out.”

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

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

22 October 2020
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

Free security upgrades for hundreds of homes in south Selby District

12 August 2020 – Selby Times
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, has secured £548,000 of government funding to be spent protecting homes and farms throughout Whitley ward in the south of Selby District.

People living in the Whitley Ward of Selby, the part of the District south of the M62, should act quickly to apply for their free security survey. This will identify practical security measures that can be taken to improve security, and then install the most important measures for free.

Julia will be writing to every resident in the next month, sending a home security advice pack and instructions on how to apply, and is encouraging everyone to respond quickly when they receive it. Local PCSOs will also be encouraging local residents to register while out on their rounds.

In addition, every farm in the area will receive a personal visit from North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Task Force who will carry out a security survey and if needed, arrange the fitting of perimeter security devices which will provide early warning of people entering their land.

The scheme is part of the Government’s Safer Streets initiative, designed to help people protect their homes and properties from potential burglars and thieves.

While Whitley Ward has a low overall crime rate compared to surrounding areas, it is particularly hard hit by burglary, sandwiched between West, South and East Yorkshire and criss-crossed with a network of small roads that allow criminals to escape, often before the police are even notified.

The aim of this scheme is to make it much harder for burglars to target properties in the first place, forcing them into view to prevent them from being successful.

But this will only work if most properties are protected, so it’s important people sign up.

Julia Mulligan said:

“I’m delighted to have been able to secure this funding – it is great news for the residents of the area, which unfortunately can be particularly affected by criminals from outside the county targeting local homes and farms.

“Please do look out for your letter and get involved with the scheme. We need as many people as possible do so, as the more homes we protect, the less attractive the area becomes to criminals, and the safer we all become. The funding ends in March next year, so please do take this chance now to make sure your home and property is as secure as possible.”

Nigel Adams MP said:

“The first duty of Government is to keep people safe. I am delighted that the proposal put forward by Julia Mulligan was successful and that Whitley Ward is to benefit from the first project of its type in North Yorkshire.”

For more information on this project visit www.ProtectYourHome.org.uk

This project will run in the Whitley ward area : Balne, Cridling Stubbs, Heck, Kirk Smeaton, Little Smeaton, Stapleton, Stubbs Walden, Whitley and Womersley.

Parish Councils were fully briefed on the scheme on Thursday 6 August 2020 and will be working with the project team to help inform residents.

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

£548,980 to be invested in preventing crime in rural North Yorkshire

28 July 2020 – Media release
Over half a million pounds is to be invested in examining new ways of protecting a rural North Yorkshire community as part of the government’s Safer Streets Fund.

Julia Mulligan, the county’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, bid for the Home Office money. The £548,980 of Safer Streets funding awarded aims to prevent crime, put off criminals and protect homeowners, their homes and communities while building the evidence needed to strengthen the case for future investment in targeted crime prevention.

The community to benefit from the pilot project is 1,700 properties in the Whitley ward of Selby. As a rural area at the southern tip of North Yorkshire, it is particularly exposed to cross-border criminal activity.

One in five crimes in the area is burglary, double the county-wide average, with one in eight properties being targeted in the past three years.

Preventing burglary will be the scheme’s priority, but it should also help to counter the marked increase in poaching, hare coursing and trespass on farmland damaging crops and having a negative impact on the local economy.

While North Yorkshire Police have already been supporting the community, the aim of this scheme is to share best practice, invest in prevention measures and deter criminals from considering the area to be an easy one to target.

Among the measures to be supported as part of the Safer Streets Fund:

  • Providing prevention and security advice to all households to help them protect themselves
  • Providing security upgrades to vulnerable rear 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.

Properties within the area will assessed and prioritised with the most vulnerable receiving more targeted support and all able to receive a range of home safety and security measures and advice.

North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce and local Neighbourhood Policing Team will lead the project and be in touch directly with residents in the coming weeks as the project gets underway. They will work with other partner agencies and organisations to provide home safety and security advice, undertake home and farm surveys and implement any crime prevention solutions. 

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

“Burglary is a crime that all too often does not get the attention it deserves. The impact on individuals, families and communities is significant, which is why this investment in finding new approaches that make people safer and feel safer is so important.

“This Safer Streets funding allows us to try an innovative and targeted approach across Whitley ward, from Whitley to Womersley and the Smeatons. We will be supporting residents, implementing measures that make a difference and learning from that for further work across North Yorkshire.”

Assistant Chief Constable Annette Anderson, from North Yorkshire Police, said: 

“This substantial grant provides a unique opportunity to positively impact on the quality of life of those living in the Whitley ward. We look forward to building on our relationships with the local community and partners to implement the Safer Streets solutions.”

Crime and Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse said: 

“Persistent street crime and burglary have a corrosive effect on a neighbourhood, leaving people apprehensive about leaving their homes, and afraid of what they might encounter when they return.

“But simple modifications like better street lighting or CCTV can do a lot to prevent crime.

“So alongside more focussed thief-taking by the police, these projects should have a big impact on the communities hardest hit by burglars, robbers and villains in general.”

Website: http://protectyourhome.org.uk/

Email: help@protectyourhome.org.uk

Home Office application and project budget