Newry police issue advice on protecting your home

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
burglaryPolice in Newry, Mourne and Down are reminding residents to take steps to protect their property and reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime. Officers say they are aware of the impact that burglaries can have on individual householders. Detective Inspector Roberta Bolster said, “By following some sensible crime prevention measures home owners can help reduce their risks of becoming a victim.
  “We are aware that a number of burglaries as a result of insecure windows and doors, and we are asking the public to close, lock and check it.
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Go For It March 2017“Reassessing your crime prevention routine is an important first step to beating the burglar. A proportion of all burglaries occur at unsecured premises through unlocked doors or windows. If your doors aren’t secure, neither is your house,” she insisted.
  “Never leave keys in the locks, on table tops or hooks in view of external windows. Never hide spare keys under doormats or flower pots – thieves aren’t stupid – hidden keys make life easy for the burglar. Keep your doors and windows locked and establish a bedtime routine which involves checking them just before you retire for the night. “Whether you have wooden, metal or UPVC window frames in your home there are a variety of locks available that are suitable for all window types. If your window does not already have a keyed lock fitted, then consider having them fitted, particularly on ground floor windows or upper windows that may be easily accessed from a flat roof.
  She added, “Exterior lights are useful in discouraging the attention of criminals, particularly those involved in burglary and the theft of heating oil as it raises the potential of them being seen in the vicinity of your home by either yourself or a neighbour.”
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March 10th 2017If you need free crime prevention advice, please call the 101 number and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer.
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