PSNI urge caution in Kilkeel after car theft

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Sunday, July 8th, 2012
Police in Kilkeel are reminding the public to take steps to protect their property after a car was broken into at Carricklittle Car Park on Head Road, Annalong. Some time between 2pm on Saturday, 23rd June and 10am on Sunday, 24th June, the rear windscreen and passenger window of a Vauxhall Astra car was smashed and a number of items, including a small sum of cash, were taken. Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the damage being caused or has information in relation to this to contact them on 0845 600 8000. Police are also advising motorists to remove valuables and ensure your vehicle is locked when you park it. Local Crime Prevention Officer, Paula Nicholls explained: “Thefts from vehicles are largely opportunistic crimes. If a thief sees something of value sitting in your car then they will break in to get it. The most important piece of advice we can give to motorists is to ensure that your vehicle is always locked and secured when unattended.” “Simple precautions such as closing the windows and locking the doors of your vehicle and locking valuable items in the boot of your car, or removing the face plate from your in-car stereo system can help ensure that your valuables will be kept safe. Taking just a few moments can significantly improve your chances of not becoming a victim of this type of crime.” She added, “Improved car security features such as alarms, immobilisers and tracking devices can also help protect your vehicle and your valuables. As it only takes a matter of seconds to break into a car, we would also urge local residents to promptly report all suspicious activity they notice near vehicles, or car alarms that have been activated, as this will help to deter and help us to detect those involved in this type of crime.”
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