‘Elderly people often struggle to recover from being burgled’

The picture posted by the PSNI to remind people about the emotional damage that can be caused by thieves.
The picture posted by the PSNI to remind people about the emotional damage that can be caused by thieves.

Local police are stepping up their fight against burglary by asking members of the public to report anyone selling suspected stolen goods.

A post on the PSNI Lisburn, Banbridge and Craigavon PSNI Facebook pages said: “These aren’t just stolen goods, they’re stolen memories.

“Across South Area, we’re working hard in our fight against burglary. Unfortunately we see many instances where elderly people have been the victim - our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends.

“We’re not talking TVs and iPads, those can be replaced. These burglars are taking items with huge sentimental value from inside people’s homes. Things that can NEVER be replaced.”

The post adds: “Elderly people often struggle to recover from being burgled and the effects are long lasting.

“Help us to help them. There are people out there who know more about those involved and where these items end up - and we’re asking you to tell us.

“You can even do it anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their website.”