‘Protect your house from theft’, urges Newry police

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Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Police are advising all householders to take steps to protect their property from theft. The calls come after the recent theft of a Mercedes car after entry was gained to a house on the Dromintine Road in Newry. A spokesman for Newry PSNI stated, “Firstly, you should review your security. If your doors aren’t secure, neither is your house. “Make sure your doors are strong enough for the job, and fit mortise deadlocks, door chains and viewers and make use of them when you receive an unexpected knock at the door. “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. “Keep your doors and windows locked whether you are at home or not and establish a bedtime routine which involves checking them just before you retire for the night,” the spokesman continued. “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. “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. Use timer lights and radios if you need to be away from home overnight. They will create the impression that someone is in.” The spokesman added, “It is equally as important for neighbours to look out for each other. The chances are that if a criminal targets one house in a particular estate they 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.” Your local Crime Prevention Officer will be 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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