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Jewellery stolen as Co Down house ransacked by burglars

A property has been ransacked and a quantity of jewellery has been stolen in a burglary in Bangor.

Police are appealing for information following the report of a burglary at a property in the Crawfordsburn Road area on Sunday.

The incident was reported around 6.45pm and police believe that entry was gained to the house sometime between Thursday 6 and around 6.45pm on Sunday 9th September.

“The house was completely ransacked and a quantity of jewellery stolen," Detective Constable Hughes said.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area over the last few days and saw any suspicious activity in the vicinity of this property to get in touch with detectives on 101, quoting reference number 1080 of 9/9/18.

"Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

Detective Constable Hughes said that police are working to tackle the threat of burglaries in the area.

“We will continue with our regular anti-burglary patrols in the Bangor and north Down area and would encourage everyone to report suspicious activity to us," the Detective Constable said.

“No matter how insignificant it may seem, the report of a suspicious vehicle or people acting strangely in your neighbourhood can help us to prevent and detect crime. We would like all of you to help us spread the message.

"Talk to your family and neighbours about our ‘top ten tips’ and the simple measures you can take to make your home more secure. Domestic burglary has been and will remain a priority for us.

“If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101.”

PSNI's top ten tips to beat the burglar:

1. Close and lock all doors and windows even if you are only going out for a few minutes.

2. Leave a light on if it will be dark before you get home. Consider security lights. To a burglar a dark house is an empty house.

3. Keep your valuables out of sight.

4. Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away from home.

5. Don’t leave car keys near your door, letterbox or windows.

6. Always check who is at the door. Not sure? Don’t open the door.

7. Set your alarm when going out. If you do not have an alarm consider installing one.

8. Ask a neighbour or a friend to check your property and to remove post from the porch/hallway.

9. Inform police if your house is to be vacant for any length of time.

10. Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked and secure ladders.

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