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Police are appealing for witnesses following reports of two burglaries in Coleraine yesterday

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Detectives in Coleraine are appealing for witnesses following reports of two burglaries in the town yesterday (Monday 19th August).

Detective Constable Thompson said: “We received a report at approximately 12:40pm that entry had been forced to a house in the Laurel Park area and a sum of money had been stolen.

“When officers were on scene, they were made aware of a second burglary at a house in the same area where entry was forced, and jewellery and a sum of money were taken.

“We believe these two burglaries are linked at this time, and I would appeal to anyone who has information which may assist our investigation to get in touch.

“In particular, I want to appeal to anyone who was in the Laurel Park area yesterday, between 9am and noon, and saw any suspicious activity, including any persons or vehicles, to contact detectives in Coleraine on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference numbers 865 of 19/08/19 and 840 of 19/08/19.”

Detective Constable Thompson added: “We are aware of the impact that burglaries can have on individual householders. Don’t make it easy for them, stay alert to your surroundings and report anything suspicious to police immediately.

“I want to encourage everyone to report suspicious activity to us. No matter how insignificant it may seem, the report of a suspicious vehicle, or people acting strangely in your neighbourhood, can help us to prevent and detect crime. We would like all of you to help us spread the message.

“Please ensure that all houses, sheds and garages are secured, particularly during the hours of darkness. Do not keep valuables or large amounts of cash in your home, and remember, safes are able to be removed.

“Do not leave any tools/ladders outside which can be used to access your property. Do not answer the door during the hours of darkness unless you are expecting someone or you have a security latch and can check identity first.

“Keep an eye on your property and please report to the police any suspicious callers or vehicles. This includes cold callers or services being offered at inflated prices. If you do have CCTV systems, please ensure that they are working, and please look out for elderly/vulnerable neighbours and check on them regularly.”

If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101.

Report any suspicious activity/concerns to 101 and in the case of an emergency please call 999.

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