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Where is this project running?

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

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

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

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 elegible.

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