PSNI offer advice on burglary prevention
Crime prevention officer for Newry and Armagh, Paula Nicholl is encouraging all householders to reassess their crime prevention routine.
Paula explained to Newry Times,
“Thieves will scour neighbourhoods and streets to identify easy opportunities to steal cash and valuables, so residents need to stay firmly committed to crime prevention and need to start making life much more difficult for those involved in this type of crime.
“Criminals know that house-holders unwittingly leave their doors and windows unlocked and will not hesitate to take advantage of those who do. Thieves see an open window as an invitation to gain full access to your home and steal your valuables. Don’t let them in.”
There are some basic steps you can take to combat burglary:
-When you go out, always lock the door and close/lock the windows even if you are just going out for a short time.
-Window locks, especially on older windows, will help stop people getting in (and remember a burglar is less likely to break in if they have to smash a window).
-Use timer lights and radios if you need to be away from home overnight. This will create the impression that someone is in.
-Consider fitting some additional physical security to your car such as a steering wheel brace or gear lock.
-Keep sheds and garages closed and locked and don’t leave bicycles or other items lying in the garden when not in use – put them away.
-Keys should not be left hanging in the back of doors, take them out and put them somewhere out of sight. Thieves will check for this and, if your keys are hanging inside the door, they will break the window and lift the keys. There is a good chance your car keys will be on the same key ring. They will take your car if they have the keys.
-Don’t leave spare keys outside or in a garage/shed. Ensure they are kept out of sight and put in a secure place in the house if possible.
Paula continued: “It is equally as important for neighbours to look out for each other. Chances are if a criminal targets one house in a particular estate he may try your neighbour or someone else a few doors up.
“You know who lives on your street so if you see someone acting suspiciously note down any important details such as a description or car registration and contact police. We will follow up on your call and there is every possibility your information could prevent a crime.”
Prevention is key to addressing issues such as burglary. Your local Crime Prevention Officer will be only too happy to call out to your home or have a chat on the phone about how you can take steps to better protect yourself and your property. They can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.
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