Following a number of burglaries in the Lodge Road area of Coleraine earlier this week police in Causeway Coast and Glens are reminding residents to take home security seriously.
Superintendent John Magill said: “Our experience shows that a burglary goes beyond stolen property – it is an invasion of privacy that can leave the victim feeling scared and in distress. While we do everything we can to fully support victims of crime, what we really want is to prevent it happening in the first place.
“There are really simple steps you can take to secure your property. Too often we are finding that burglars are getting in through unlocked doors and windows so if you do nothing else please remember to close, lock, and check all points of entry, including sheds and garages. It is always worthwhile investing in a burglar alarm but as with anything it only works if you remember to turn it on. Security lighting and even defensive planting are all options in terms of making your home more secure.
“Of course, the policing response is just as important and we do focus our patrols where we can to reassure residents and deter criminals. While it’s not possible to have dedicated patrols on every street, we do have an experienced crime prevention officer who can offer practical advice and information to residents and there is plenty of information on our website – https://www.psni.police.uk/