Four stories which show the difference Street Rangers are making to York
It has been two years since the York BID Street Rangers took their first patrol around York.
When they started work in September 2016 we hoped they’d become the eyes and ears of the city centre.
In fact they have become more than that.
Our team of Street Rangers are city guides, animal rescuers, crimebusters and lifesavers…
Here are four recent examples of the difference they are making to York.
1 Helped rescue a man from the river
In early October a man was spotted in the River Foss in York. As the city centre police tweeted out: “The male became weak and started to struggle. However, from the quick response from members of the public, brave officers and the York BID Rangers, we were able to get the male into medical care”.
2. Helped save two dogs from a hot car
During the summer heatwave two dogs were left inside a car at Castle car park in York. They became very distressed in the high temperatures. A member of the public approached the rangers who, together with police officers, rescued both animals and handed them into the care of a vet.
3. Reunited stolen bike with owner
A £900 bike stolen from Duncombe Place in York was reunited with its owner within 24 hours. One Friday in August the owner reported it stolen to our rangers – and a day later one of our rangers spotted two men with the bike. They were stopped, arrested and the bike handed back to a grateful owner.
4. Recovered £25K of stolen goods
If you follow @YorkBIDRangers on Twitter you will see that they are quick to spot and foil suspicious behaviour. Thanks to rangers reporting and detaining people suspected of stealing from city centre stores, they have saved York businesses more than £25,000 in the year to date, in terms of the value of stolen goods recovered or thefts deterred.
Learn more about the York BID Street Rangers here.