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Glengormley police in bid to tackle 72% upsurge in burglaries

By Rebecca Petticrew

A DRAMATIC upsurge in the number of burglaries in Glengormley has led police to take unusual action to try to beat the burglars.

With provisional figures for the area showing domestic burglaries have risen by almost 72% compared to the same time period last year (April 1 - September 6), warnings are being issued to locals via an electronic board near the Bellevue Arms on the Antrim Road.

The LED sign urges locals to lock their doors and windows because of burglars in the area and police hope the technologically advanced approach will help hammer home the need to keep houses secure.

Local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and residents groups are also liasing with police to promote home security measures.

A PSNI spokeswoman explained officers are working hard to combat the rise, putting mechanisms in place which they hope will reverse the soaring figures.

"With up to 50% of all burglaries being 'walk-ins' rather than break-ins police have been focussing on ensuring our residents know how to take the simple steps to protect their homes like keeping doors and windows locked or installing simple home security measures," she explained.

"We have been using matrix signage in the village to reinforce this message as well as using social and traditional media and meeting with residents. The Area Commander Chief Inspector Stephen Reid has also written to many local people who have experienced burglary in the past," she added.

In partnership with the local Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership, police are hosting a home safety and security event at the next public meeting of the PCSP on Wednesday, September 18, at 7.00pm in The Barron Hall, 230 Antrim Road, Newtownabbey. Everyone is welcome to the free event, which will will focus on reducing the risk of burglary, personal safety in the home and the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch

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