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DISTRICT AREA NAME TOTAL DWELLINGS TARGETED IN MAILSHOT MAILSHOT SEND DATE
Craven Cononley 647 16/09/2022
Harrogate Leathley 78 16/09/2022
Craven Lawkland 92 19/09/2022
Harrogate Spofforth with Stockeld 529 19/09/2022
Craven Clapham Cum Newby 325 26/09/2022
Harrogate Kirk Deighton 226 26/09/2022
Craven Lothersdale 221 03/10/2022
Harrogate Kirk Hammerton 237 03/10/2022
Harrogate Sicklinghall 153 10/10/2022
Harrogate North Deighton 32 10/10/2022
Harrogate Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton 68 10/10/2022
Harrogate Long Marston 201 10/10/2022

Letters to homes

Update – July 2023

SIX new areas become eligible for the scheme.

Craven
Clapham cum Newby, Cononley, Glusburn and Cross Hill, and Lothersdale.

Harrogate
Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton, Bilton-in-Ainsty with Bickerton, Follifoot with Plompton, Kirk Deighton, Kirk Hammerton, Leathley, Long Marston, North Deighton, Scriven, Sicklinghall, , Spofforth with Stockeld, Tockwith and Wighill.

Update – March 2023

Safer Streets Fund

£719,950 – the total budget for improving security on homes and farms, Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras and upgrade of Rural Watch Signage in specific locations to detect and deter potential burglars. 

  • Scheme Started in Sept 2022 and ends in September 2023, last chance to sign up, August 2023.
  • 581 homes have received a security upgrade
  • 456 video door bells have been installed
  • 777 homes have already signed up to the scheme
  • 84 Farms have signed up to the scheme
  • 9 Farms have received their security upgrades.

 

VILLAGE NAME % TAKE UP based on total dwellings
CRAVEN  
Clapham Cum Newby CRAVEN 18%
Cononley CRAVEN 47%
Lawkland CRAVEN 6%
Lothersdale CRAVEN 50%
HARROGATE
Spofforth with Stockeld HARROGATE 18%
Kirk Deighton HARROGATE 19%
North Deighton HARROGATE 46%
Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton HARROGATE 15%
Leathley HARROGATE 13%
Long Marston HARROGATE 14%
Sicklinghall HARROGATE 4%
Kirk Hammerton HARROGATE 18%

Commissioner Zoë, and community leaders encourage people to sign up to burglary reduction scheme as video door bells capture burglar.

30 January 2023

Commissioner Zoe Metcalfe and local councillors are encouraging more people to sign up to the Protect Your Home scheme currently running in areas of Craven and Harrogate.

Sign up at www.ProtectYourHome.org.uk

The scheme, with £719,000 being provided by the Home Office, aims to prevent burglary and protect individuals, families and businesses in over 1,000 homes and 90 farms along the borders of Craven District and Harrogate Borough with West Yorkshire.

Following a security survey, home owners can receive; new locks for vulnerable doors, windows, garages and sheds, and alarm systems for farms and small holdings. For homes with suitable WiFi coverage the scheme also includes a RING video door bell.

Free security surveys and upgrades are available to homes in the parishes of Clapham cum Newby, Cononley, Lawkland, and Lothersdale areas of Craven and Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton, Kirk Deighton, Kirk Hammerton, Leathley, Long Marston, North Deighton, Sicklinghall and Spofforth with Stockeld areas of Harrogate.

Just before Christmas, video door bells, installed as part of the scheme, captured a burglar in Cononley. The video evidence enabled the police to identify the person and make an arrest.

Talking about the incident Senior Operational Commander, for Harrogate and Craven, Superintendent Teresa Lam said:

“The overnight mini crimewave in Cononley on 24 November became much easier to solve due to the safety equipment installed by the Safer Streets Fund.

“The properties were targeted by a single male offender who was quickly captured on CCTV at seven different properties in the village.

“The footage was clear and easy for residents to provide to the police and made identification of the male so much easier.

“The crimes included dwelling burglaries with a car being stolen from one house, shed and garage burglaries, criminal damage and several attempts to enter other dwellings and outbuildings.

“The offender was captured a couple of days later and is under investigation for all offences.

“The whole incident had a huge impact on the small community but they very quickly came together with their evidence to help solve the crimes, for which I am very grateful.

“I would encourage any eligible occupants to become involved in this fantastic initiative to help protect their properties”.

Commissioner Zoë said:

“My Office have done really well to secure this funding from the Home Office on behalf of these communities and so it’s really important that the money is used to improve the security of as many homes and farms as possible.

“The more people who sign up in a community the more resilient to burglary that area becomes, and we’ve seen this demonstrated in Cononley when a burglar was captured on seven video door bells, many funded through this scheme.

“So, please, if you live in one of the parishes covered by this scheme, please do sign up for your free security upgrades at www.protectyourhome.org.uk

Local Councillor Andy Brown said:

“This is an excellent scheme.

“When several homes were broken into, one night in the village of Cononley, the police were able to use video footage to identify and arrest a suspect making the village feel much safer and more secure.

“Anyone who has the chance to participate in the scheme should do so, not just for their own safety but for their neighbours, because the more of us sign up, the safer our community becomes.”

Here’s a snapshot of what people have said about the scheme: 

  • I was really impressed with the scheme and service and the contractor. I feel significantly safer, not necessarily because of the work we’ve had done but because so many people in the village are having the work done, thereby making the village as a whole safer.

  • Absolutely superb. everything was very clear, the fitters were very efficient. It was really worth it, I feel a lot safer.

  • First class service, not only for the work carried out but also for the security advice which was very specific to my property, not just generic. Was really, really, really impressed!!!!!

  • Very satisfied, the work was done to a high standard and I feel much safer with my video door bell and the new locks.

  • The guys were terrific. They fitted locks and a video door bell. They checked the locks on my front door. I live by myself and all in all feel significantly safer. I will spread the word to those around me who have so far not shown any interest.

  • Super job. Ideal guys for the job. Lots of good advice. I can sleep easier now. Couldn’t say enough good things about our fitters.

About the Safer Streets Fund

£719,950 – the total budget for improving security on homes and farms, Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras and upgrade of Rural Watch Signage in specific locations to detect and deter potential burglars 

  • Scheme Started in Sept 2022 and ends in September 2023, last chance to sign up, August 2023.
  • 422 homes have received a security upgrade
  • 330 video door bells have been installed
  • 651 homes have already signed up to the scheme
  • Security upgrades on farms start in February.

Full details and how to sign up: www.ProtectYourHome.org.uk


Commissioner urges residents in areas of Craven and Harrogate to sign up for free security upgrades as scheme opens.

30 August 2022

A scheme to improve the security of hundreds of homes and farms in Craven and Harrogate opens today, Tuesday 30 August.

£719,590 is being invested to prevent burglary and protect individuals, families and businesses in over 1,000 homes and 90 farms along the borders of Craven District and Harrogate Borough with West Yorkshire.

It is an extension of the Protect Your Home scheme which has already improved security at hundreds of homes and farms near Selby on the border with West, South and East Yorkshire.

Following a security survey, upgrades will include: new locks for vulnerable doors, windows, garages and sheds, and alarm systems for farms and small holdings. For homes with suitable WiFi coverage the scheme also includes a RING video door bell.

Free security surveys and upgrades are available to homes in the parishes of Clapham cum Newby, Cononley, Lawkland, and Lothersdale areas of Craven and Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton, Kirk Deighton, Kirk Hammerton, Leathley, Long Marston, North Deighton, Sicklinghall and Spofforth with Stockeld areas of Harrogate.

Eligible residents will receive a registration pack through the post over the next six weeks.

Residents are being encouraged to sign up to the scheme online at www.protectyourhome.org.uk

Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe said:

“I encourage everyone in Craven District and Harrogate Borough who is eligible for the scheme to sign up now, and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to protect your family, your home and your community.

“The survey and security upgrades are backed by the police, councils and crime prevention partners, providing practical advice and using the latest technology, such as RING video doorbells, aims to keep burglars away.

“Burglary can leave people feeling vulnerable, frightened and distressed, 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 so please sign up as soon as possible.”

Chief Constable Lisa Winward, said:

“We absolutely recognise the harm, both financially and emotionally, that a burglary can have, and we continue to look for as many ways as possible to help reduce this type of crime.

“Investment in Automatic Number Plate Recognition is a big step towards improving our capability in detecting and disrupting criminal activity in the area.

“In addition, we re-launched our Rural Task Force at the end of last year with an aim to increase intelligence led operations in partnership with bordering Forces, Specialist Operations and local policing teams, targeting identified high harm offenders and Organised Crime Groups”.

Chief Inspector for the Harrogate and Craven areas, Alex Langley, said:

“The Protect Your Home scheme is a fantastic way to help home and farm owners improve their security, and North Yorkshire Police welcomes this further investment.

“The impact on victims of burglary is often devastating. We want to help residents in the area have the best security possible, and as part of that we encourage everyone who is eligible for this scheme to sign up to this fantastic initiative.”

North Yorkshire Police will also purchase additional Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras and upgrade Rural Watch Signage in specific locations to detect and deter potential burglars.

Extensive crime prevention advice is available to everyone on the North Yorkshire Police website:
https://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/


Commissioner Zoë secures funds to prevent cross-border crime and improve support for stalking and harassment victims

26 July 2022

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe has been successful in a bid to bring more investment to tackling cross-border crime in more parts of the county and improving the way in which stalking and harassment is dealt with by North Yorkshire Police.

The £809,095 will be invested from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund for two schemes supporting Commissioner Zoë’s priorities of preventing neighbourhood crime and addressing violence against women and girls, including providing more support for victims.

Over £700,000 will be used to prevent neighbourhood crime with an extension of the Protect Your Home scheme which has already improved security at hundreds of homes and farms near Selby on the border with West, South and East Yorkshire.

The latest round of funding will be used to prevent burglary and protect individuals, families and businesses for over 1,000 homes and 90 farms along the borders of Harrogate Borough and Craven District with West Yorkshire. Eligible residents will receive a registration pack through the post shortly.

Security upgrades include new locks for vulnerable doors, windows, garages and sheds, and alarm systems for farms and small holdings. North Yorkshire Police will also purchase additional Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras and upgrade Rural Watch Signage in specific locations to detect and deter potential burglars.

Separately, nearly £100,000 will be invested in a review of the response to stalking and harassment across North Yorkshire and York in a partnership with The Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

It will see a victim-focused assessment of local systems, processes, training and practice carried out to help North Yorkshire Police and partners understand and respond better to stalking and harassment. Bespoke training will be provided to police officers and staff from partner organisations to become ‘stalking and harassment advocates’ and provide information, support, advice and guidance to their colleagues.

Commissioner Zoë’s Office will also produce educational and awareness raising resources which challenge harmful and criminal behaviours, increase awareness of help and support available and increase trust and confidence to report crime.

Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe said:

“Preventing burglary and tackling stalking and street harassment are priority areas within my Police and Crime Plan and my Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and these initiatives will have a real, tangible impact on how safe people feel both in and outside their homes.

“This is the fourth time the Commissioner’s Office has secured additional Home Office funding to support residents across North Yorkshire and York be safe and feel safe and I am confident that what these two schemes will deliver will make a huge difference to individuals, families and communities.”