Police have issued a warning to Harrogate residents following an increase in thefts from vehicles and homes in the area.

North Yorkshire Police have warned residents of the dangers of leaving vehicles and houses “insecure” after a rise in the number of incidents in recent weeks.

A police spokesperson said:

“Please ensure you keep your homes and vehicles secure and do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

“If you have any information on these crimes call NYP on 101 or crime stoppers anonymously on 0800555111.”

Meanwhile the force have revealed they were able to stop 97 commercial vehicles during a week of action to increase road safety.

A joint operation was carried out alongside Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police to conduct vehicle checks at Scotch Corner, Wetherby and the A19 between Middlesbrough and Thirsk.

Police targeted issues including load security, carriage of dangerous goods and people trafficking.

Of the total 97 commercial vehicles stopped, 23 were carrying dangerous goods.

A total of 85 offences were detected, with the highest number of offences being for construction and use, overweight vehicles and carrying dangerous goods.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton said:

“Throughout the year, we continually engage with all road users to help us achieve our aim to make our roads as safe and possible and reduce the number of people seriously injured and killed on our roads.

“That is what last week was all about. Commercial vehicles make up a significant number of vehicles on our roads, so it is only right we make sure those vehicles are safe.

“Last week was also a great opportunity for us to engage with and offer advice to commercial vehicle drivers and owners about the new DVSA and Health & Safety Executive guidelines on the securing of loads.”

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