Protecting your home? There's an iBook for that!

North Yorkshire Police have sprinted into the 21st Century by becoming the first British police force to publish an iBook offering advice to the general public regarding criminal safety.

iBooks are the new way to seek help on protecting the home ©North Yorkshire Police

Entitled "Securing Your Home", the iBook, which is available on the iTunes store, offers interactive support for families and homeowners, with 60 pages worth of information designed to give help and reassurance.

The booklet includes video interviews with officers and PCSO's, with an emphasis on tips to help protect the home. In addition, there are links to websites such as Imobilise.com, and a safety checklist to assist you with making sure you are fully prepared.

The introduction to the iBook reads "Basics like shutting windows and locking car doors, even when you are only gone for a minute, or keeping your eye on your bag, can be all that it takes to prevent crime," and goes on to say, "It is really about remembering not to advertise your possessions to thieves."

North Yorkshire Police's Digital Media Officer Tom Stirling, who designed the iBook, said: "We are always looking for new, innovative ways to communicate with the public and get crime prevention messages across in the most effective way possible.

Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have enabled us to reach our communities instantly, 24 hours a day to keep them informed and a lot of people are receptive to online communications."

Chapters on safety include Vehicle Security, Burglary Prevention, Rural Crime and Property Marking and Registration.

"Securing your Home" is available for download for iPad and iPad mini now.

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