Police in North Yorkshire have arrested two men in connection with a spate of burglaries that have occurred in the Bilton area of Harrogate in recent times.
The two individuals have been detained and one has been charged and released on bail ahead of an upcoming court appearance for a separate burglary, reports the Harrogate News.
Inspector Clive Turner of Harrogate Police explained there has been a notable rise in the number of crimes reported in Bilton in recent weeks, so an increased number of patrols have been deployed to the area.
He said police patrols provide a visible presence to deter criminals, while also giving reassurance to local people that they are in safe hands.
"We are also utilising officers in plain clothes in an attempt to gain intelligence, identify offenders and bring those responsible to justice," Inspector Turner stated.
Both of the men who have been arrested in connection with the five burglaries have been released on bail, and their case comes only a week after a 16-year-old male in the area was convicted of burglary and handed an 18-month jail sentence.
Councillor David Simister, who represents Bilton and Nidd Gorge on North Yorkshire County Council, said he would like to see an even greater increase in visible policing in a bid to get to the bottom of the issue.
"Residents are very worried about the rise in burglaries and I have spoken to the local Neighbourhood Policing team about the issue," he said.
"The police have responded by mounting a number of operations, but what will reassure residents the most is visible policing."
Residents in areas with a high level of threat from burglars can put their minds at rest by investing in a home alarm system, which can be connected to an Alarm Response Centre.
This means trained professionals will respond as soon as a system sounds and can deploy emergency services to the scene.