Police recommend three steps to reducing Mid and East Antrim break-ins
Mid and East Antrim residents are urged to make home security part of their daily routine in a drive to reduce and prevent burglaries.
The appeal comes from the PSNI, which notes that burglars will target the vulnerable in particular.
Chief Inspector Stephen Murray said: “There are three things everyone can do to help us prevent more people from becoming victims of burglary.
“Firstly make sure to close, lock and check all windows and doors before you leave the house or go to bed. Get into the habit of doing this every day and make sure to get everyone in the house involved. The more you make this part of your daily routine, the less chance you have of being targeted by opportunistic burglars.
“Secondly, if you see something on your street or in your neighbourhood that doesn’t look right then let us know. Don’t wait. Pick up the phone and give us the information as soon as you can. We have caught burglars in the act because someone called us straightaway. We have stopped vans with stolen goods on-board because someone called us straightaway. The sooner we know, the faster we can respond and the safer your neighbourhood will be.
“Lastly make it your business to check in on an older neighbour or family member. Sadly burglars will target those who are more vulnerable in our community so if you know someone who lives on their own then please make contact in whatever way you can.”
CI Murray pointed out that police have lots of information on home security on their website (www.psni.police.uk) and a crime prevention officer is available to provide further assistance via the non-emergency number 101.
He added: “We also work closely with our policing and community partnership and neighbourhood watch partners to ensure that advice and support is available to all our residents.”
The appeal is supported by Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
Councillor John McDermott, chair of the partnership, said: “We all have an important role to play in taking the proper precautions at home. We want the residents of our borough to feel safe and protected whilst being enabled and encouraged to feel in control of their own security and safety.
“You can help us by taking practical steps to protect your home and your family. We would advise that you review your security, increase your vigilance and report any suspicious activity immediately. By working together, we can stop the activity of criminals.”
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