Thefts prompt police warning

POLICE have urged the public to lock up their property after thefts in the area recently.

A red Honda Power Washer and a battery charger were taken from a shed in Banbridge Road, Donaghcloney.

The PSNI said the shed, which was locked, was broken into overnight between Thursday, 7 February and Friday, 8 February.

Also a 6x4 dark oak wood trailer with blue steel work was taken from the drive of a house on Clare Road, Waringstown.

This incident happened sometime between Wednesday, 6 February and Friday, 8 February.

Police are asking householders to take steps to make it as difficult as possible for thieves to target your home.

To make it harder for criminals to target your sheds, garages and outdoor equipment you should take the following steps:

Protect vulnerable areas such as windows, fences, boundary walls and drainpipes.

Well positioned external lighting can help to keep intruders away.

Keep your shed in good condition. Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door. Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed. Fit meshes or grilles to the windows and invest in an alarm.

Make sure that large items such as bicycles are chained together. It is much more difficult for a thief to carry away a lot of large items.

Ladders should be locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they cannot be used to access upstairs windows.

Valuables should be marked with your postcode.

Check that your household insurance policy covers garden or shed equipment and find out if any minimum security standards apply.

Police are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to the thefts in Donaghcloney and Waringstown to contact them in Lurgan on 0845 600 8000. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.