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Police are asking you to deceive...’that burglar’

Police are advising those preparing to go on holiday to spend a little time before ‘the off’ to arrange the illusion that someone is home while you are away on vacation.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Make your home look like it’s occupied. Use automatic timer switches to turn lights on when it gets dark. Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries. Avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home. Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination

“Remove valuable items from view, place documents and valuables in a safe, if you have one.

Ask neighbours to keep an eye on your property. Have them remove post and leave a contact number for them in the case of emergency.

“Is there a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the area? Local police will tell you if there is one.

“Putting your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination leaves you vulnerable to burglary.

“Finally, just before you leave, spend a couple of minutes checking that you’ve done all you can to secure your property, so you can leave with peace of mind.”

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