The PSNI have offered advice to householders on how to keep their property and possessions safe after a spate of burglaries in Northern Ireland.
It comes as Detectives in Bangor are investigating a series of burglaries and appealed for information.
Three houses at Linen Crescent, Bangor, one at Tudor Oaks, Holywood, and one at Belvedere Road in Newtownards were targeted in a series of burglaries which police are treating as linked.
Two men were disturbed in a house at Linen Crescent at around 11.20pm on Wednesday evening by the occupant of the house. The men fled the house and made off from the area in a black coloured BMW car.
Police attended and discovered evidence of two further burglaries in the street. Follow up enquiries were carried out into the car seen leaving Linen Crescent and officers then called to the home of the registered keeper in Newtownards to discover that the car had been stolen as a result of an earlier creeper style burglary.
A further report was received at around 9am on Thursday morning that a black Volkswagon Eos car had been taken as a result of a creeper burglary sometime overnight from a house at Tudor Oaks in Holywood. The black BMW was discovered abandoned at Earlscourt Street in west Belfast shortly after 10am this morning.”
Detective Sergeant Catherine Andrews said: “I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity at any of the locations mentioned or who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives in Bangor on 101 quoting reference number 1466 16/05/18. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Here are some straightforward suggestions for keeping you, your property and your possessions safe:
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.
If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101.