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Police warning after series of Belfast burglaries

Police are investigating a series of incidents in south Belfast (stock photo)
Police are investigating a series of incidents in south Belfast (stock photo)

Police are investigating after a series of burglaries in south Belfast.

In the first incident, while responding to an alarm call at commercial premises in Castle Street just after 9.50pm on Thursday, police officers assisted by a police dog located and arrested a 43-year-old male on suspicion of burglary.

He is currently helping police with enquiries.

A 39-year-old male detained on suspicion of a number of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the Agincourt Avenue area is also helping police with enquiries.

The arrest was in response to a call from a member of the public at 11.15pm, reporting that a male had gained entry to a property along with a description of the suspect. This male is also still helping police with enquiries.

Police are also investigating an incident reported after 8am on Friday morning when a resident in the Rodney Street area disturbed a male who had climbed onto the roof of their property at 6.30am.

Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick said, “If anyone has any information about any of these incidents, please contact police on 101, or alternatively, 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.

“I would also like to remind everyone to take this opportunity to review their home security measures by taking the following precautions:

  • Close and lock all doors and windows even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
  • 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.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight.
  • Don’t leave car keys near your door, letterbox or windows.
  • Always check who is at the door. Not sure? Don’t open the door.
  • Set your alarm when going out. If you do not have an alarm, consider installing one.
  • Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked and secure ladders.

“Most importantly, please report any suspicious activity, with as much detail as possible, by calling us on 101 straightaway, or on 999 if it is an emergency," Mr Kirkpatrick added.

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