Police warning after burglaries

POLICE in Craigavon are appealing for householders across the area to be mindful of home security following the burglary of a number of unoccupied homes in the area recently.

Burglars have targeted houses in the Drumellan, Pinebank, Carrigart and Moyraverty areas of Lurgan/Craigavon that show no sign of activity. Entry in some cases has been through unlocked doors or windows and various items have been stolen.

Police wish to warn the community that complacency could make them a victim of crime.

A spokesman said: “Burglars will strike where they see an opportunity. The idea that it is at the dead of night when everyone is asleep and there is less chance of being seen is outdated. Burglars will target your home in the daytime too, but only if they are sure that no one is watching. The PSNI need the community of Craigavon to watch out for one another and report suspicious activity to police immediately. We also need householders to carry out some simple crime prevention steps that could hinder the criminals that target the area.

“If you are going on holiday ask a neighbour to hold your house keys so they can check your home regularly. They could also switch on different lights, adjust curtains, lift your mail and open and close your gates. Remember to secure any ladders that are outside your home by locking them in a garage or shed. If you have a house alarm, ensure it is activated to its full capacity. All of these little things can give the impression that there is someone at home. Also phone police before you leave and tell us your address so we can check the area while you are away and give us the name and contact details of key holders for your property.

“We would also ask members of the community to report any suspicious activity to police immediately. Write down the details of any persons or vehicles you see and their direction of travel. And if you hear an alarm sounding, whatever time of day or night, call police on the emergency number 999.”

If have noticed any suspicious activity or vehicles or anyone who has any information regarding the recent incidents to contact CID in Lurgan on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.