‘Secure your valuables this Summer’ – Newry police warns

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Friday, May 1st, 2015
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With the summer months approaching many homeowners will spend more time in their gardens and make use of garden furniture and equipment. burglary3This can often provide opportunities for thieves to strike and police are encouraging the public to take steps to protect their property and ensure they have a safe and enjoyable summer. Crime Prevention Office Lisa Sherman said, “Everyone likes to enjoy a bit of time in the garden when the sun is shining but it is important to make sure that you keep your home secure. “If you are in the garden make sure all windows and doors in your house are locked – it only takes a minute for a thief to enter your home and make off with your valuables,” she explained. “It is also essential to secure your sheds, outbuildings and garden property and make sure they are as well protected as your home. “Securing your shed is vital – burglars will take advantage of any opportunity to gain easy access. Ensure that doors are solid enough not to be kicked in and fit strong closed shackle padlocks. “Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house – a thief could get in and work on the inner door in privacy. “Householders should also permanently mark their belongings and keep a record of what they have stored in their shed. UV pens can be used to invisibly mark your property,” she added. If you require any further crime prevention advice you can contact your crime prevention officer on the 101 non-emergency number.

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