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Two men arrested over break-ins at shops in Co Down

Detectives have arrested two men following a spate of burglaries in Co Down in recent days.

The men, aged 25 and 28, were arrested and taken into custody.

The burglaries happened at commercial premises, with the first incident reported on Tuesday morning.

Entry had been gained to a shop in the Rathfriland Road in Dromara where a sum of cash and quantity of cigarettes were stolen.

On Wednesday morning it was reported entry had been forced at a number of commercial properties in Dromore and Dromara.

Detective Sergeant Bell said: "Be assured we robustly pursue those who wish to target local householders and businesses and will continue to do so. We would also ask the public to continue to report any suspicious activity immediately with as much information as possible.

“Burglaries are a violation of the things people hold most dear – the possessions they’ve worked hard to buy and to enjoy as well as the items of sentimental value they cherish.

"I would appeal to property owners not to take security for granted. When you leave the property, make sure all the doors and windows are locked and secure and always keep your keys safe.

"Always keep your doors and windows locked and ensure you can identify callers before you open the door.

"We would also asked the business community to ensure they have appropriate security measures in place. There are a range of simple and effective measures worth taking to ensure your business stays crime-free.

"Reduce the amount of cash you have in your tills regularly and make sure you transfer it to a safe - preferably in an occupied office. Have your money taken to a bank frequently by a recognised Cash in Transit (CIT) company. This ensures your money has the safest possible journey to your bank, reducing the risk of it being stolen."

Companies are also encouraged to consider a drop safe, which can have its access limited to just two people who are able to access the safe.

Business owners were also encouraged to report any suspicious activitiy.

Anyone with information about the incidents or anyone with information that can assist with the investigation is asked to contact detectives in Lisburn on the non-emergency number 101, or by passing information anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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