Police issue alert after burglaries

Police issue alert after burglaries

27 November 2019

HOME owners have been warned to make sure that their premises are secure in the run-up to Christmas.

The warning by local police comes after an increase in burglaries across a number of areas over recent weeks which they are currently investigating.

The appeal to make sure homes are secure comes after local police received reports about suspicious activity the Ballynahinch Road area in Crossgar. 

On Tuesday of last week, two men in a white van were reported to be calling at houses around 11am. 

Police say it is essential that residents remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If vehicles are involved, people are asked to note the registration number, if it is safe to do so.

Last Thursday a burglary was reported at the Ballyhornan Road in Downpatrick. It is believed the property was targeted some time between 3pm and 8pm.

Anyone who can assist police with their enquiries in relation to this incident are asked to contact them using the 101 non-emergency number, quoting reference number 1771 of 21/11/19.

Meanwhile, officers say that they are working with their colleagues on both sides of the border to prevent burglaries and to bring those responsible before the courts. 

They have also appealed to people not to keep large sums of cash at home, suggesting that members of the business community should be particularly vigilant at closing time and en route home.

Police say that while bringing burglars before the courts is a priority for them, preventing these individuals from targeting homeowners and the vulnerable in the first place is preferable. 

People are asked to protect their home by always closing, locking and checking all doors and windows and removing any keys. They are also asked to ensure that all valuables such as jewellery and cash is securely locked away.

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is asked to contact police using the 101 number or use 999 if an incident is ongoing. Information can also be passed to police using the confidential Crimestoppers number 0800 555111.