East Antrim residents urged to be vigilant after thefts across region
Police in Mid and East Antrim are asking residents to take the time to review their home security measures following a number of thefts from sheds in the district.
Crime Prevention Officer Paul Black said: “This is a timely reminder to take every precaution you can to make sure your home and garden are secure.
“As the weather picks up and people begin to spend more time outdoors it can be all too easy to leave windows open when we go out, or front doors unlocked while we tend to the back garden. This is all it takes for a burglar to gain access to your home. Our advice is close it, lock it, check it.
“Never leave garages or sheds unlocked and keep any valuables stored safely out of sight - not where they can be seen through windows. This advice goes for children’s bikes and other toys in the same way it applies to lawnmowers and other equipment. Do not leave garden tools outside where a potential burglar could use them to gain entry.”
Crime Prevention Officer Black added: “A proportion of all burglaries occur at unsecured premises through unlocked doors or windows. If your doors aren’t secure, neither is your house.
“Make sure to keep cash and other valuable items out of sight and never leave keys in locks, on table tops or on hooks in view of external windows. You should also consider fitting an alarm or other security devices around your property.
“Lastly, but equally as important, we would ask that you look out for your neighbours and report any suspicious activity to us straightaway. You can find more information on home security on our website – www.psni.police.uk – or contact your local Neighbourhood officer.”
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