There is “uneasiness” in Ballymagroarty after a recent spike in anti-social behaviour and burglaries, according to Sinn Fein Councillor, Eric McGinley.
Colr. McGinley was describing the atmosphere in the estate after a 13 years-old was arrested in connection with the burglary of a shop on Monday evening.
“I am concerned about the recent increase in this type of incident - there is uneasiness in the area and I would encourage everyone to be vigilant.”
The ‘Journal’ understands Monday’s burglary took place at around 8.00 p.m. when the shop was open to the public.
A source said those responsible were “no older than 13 or 14” and claimed that they threatened staff after they were caught.
“The young ones were trying to get into a nearby building site when they broke into the shop - they were caught red handed.
“They threatened the staff after they were caught, but the owner has had enough and is taking a stand this time - the shop provides local jobs for local people.”
Colr. McGinley went on to appeal directly to young people and asked them to think twice before engaging in anti-social and criminal activity.
“Young people need to understand the seriousness of a criminal conviction,” continued the Sinn Fein councillor.
“I am talking about serious offences like breaking and entering - things that, if found guilty, will stay with you for a very long time.
“I would also appeal to parents to be aware of where their children are at all times - especially in this good weather when people are outside more.”
Colr. McGinley said any concerned residents in the Ballymagroarty area could contact him directly about free security equipment.
“We have some security equipment that can be installed throughout the Police and Community Safety Partnership (P.C.S.P.) - if anyone is interested in finding out more about what is available all they have to do is contact me or the P.C.S.P.,” concluded Colr. McGinley.