Police in Causeway Coast and Glens are reminding residents to make home security part of their daily routine as part of efforts to reduce and prevent burglaries.
District Commander Superintendent Jeremy Lindsay said: “The most recent statistics show that burglary offences fell over the last financial year here in Causeway Coast and Glens and outcome rates slightly improved. This is reassuring however we can’t be complacent.
“There are three things everyone can do to help us prevent more people from becoming victims of burglary.
“Firstly make sure to close, lock and check all windows and doors, even if you are just stepping outside for a few minutes. Get into the habit of doing this every day and make sure to get everyone in the house involved. The more you make this part of your daily routine, the less chance you have of being targeted by opportunistic burglars.
“Secondly, if you see something on your street or in your neighbourhood that doesn’t look right then let us know. Don’t wait. Pick up the phone and give us the information as soon as you can. We have caught burglars in the act because someone called us straightaway. We have stopped vans with stolen goods on-board because someone called us straightaway. The sooner we know, the faster we can respond and the safer your neighbourhood will be.
“Lastly make it your business to check in on an older neighbour or family member. If you know someone who lives on their own then why not drop in, even just once a week to make sure they are ok.”
We also work closely with our PCSP and Neighbourhood Watch partners to ensure that advice and support is available to all our residents.
PCSP manager Jonny Donaghy added: “Whilst the Causeway Coast and Glens remains one of the safest places to live, we are mindful of the trauma individuals can face as the result of a burglary. Most burglaries are carried out by opportunist criminals, so we echo the advice given by the PSNI above. For further advice on how Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP can help, please contact us on 028777 60308”
Police have lots of information on home security on the website (www.psni.police.uk) and a crime prevention officer is available to provide further assistance via our non-emergency number 101.