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Police warn on caravan theft

Police in Newtownards are urging caravan owners to take the necessary steps to protect their property following a number of thefts from caravans across the peninsula over the last few weeks.

A spokesperson said: “Sadly, thieves will be on the lookout for easy opportunities to steal and, even though your caravan is not occupied, you must be mindful that your property can still |be targeted.

“We want to stop the criminals in their tracks, but to be |successful we need the support and assistance of caravan owners. We would urge people to give more thought to securing their caravan, and ask them to remember to take their valuables home with them at the end of their stay.

“Valuables such as television sets, DVD players, cameras, and other equipment and appliances should not be left on open display. If possible, items of this nature should be taken away and stored at your home. Don't forget about the outside either — bicycles, |canoes, surfboards, wetsuits, and similar sports equipment need to be put away and properly secured as well.

“Those items that cannot easily be removed from caravans should be security marked using your home postcode and house number, to make them individual to the owner and easier to trace if stolen. Leaving curtains open will also greatly assist site security staff, and will show those engaged in this type of crime that nothing of any value has been left behind.”

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