Vandals who targeted a number of local families’ homes on Christmas Eve have been branded “heartless thugs”.
Detectives at Strand Road have confirmed they are investigating a number of incidents occurring in the Templeard and Ardanlee areas of Culmore Road on the evening of Thursday December 24, were a number of properties were entered.
Police said they are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area and who saw three youths in dark clothing.
“All residents are reminded of the importance of keeping all doors locked and valuable hidden out of sight,” a spokesman said.
Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan said there was now widespread concern in the community after the spate of burglaries.
“I would urge people to be vigilant especially over the rest of festive holidays,” he said.
These heartless thugs have little or no regard for the people they target.SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins.
“I am aware of homes and cars being targeted in Ardnalee and Spruce Meadows area by heartless thieves.
“In light of these recent break-ins, I would appeal to residents to take a few minutes each night to ensure their property has been locked and valuables are stored securely out of sight.
“The physiological effect a burglary has on a family or a someone trying to run a small business can far outweigh any financial loss that they may suffer. I would urge communities to look out for each other and report any suspicious activity to the PSNI.”
SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins also urged people to ber vigilant.
She said: “I would urge everyone out there not to leave anything to chance. These heartless thugs have little or no regard for the people they target or the hurt they cause especially at this time of the year, make sure those new bikes etc are brought indoors or locked safely away.”
Cllr Dobbins said that she has contacted PSNI and has requested that more patrols be deployed over the festive season.”
She added: “Be mindful that during the New Year celebrations to make sure your house is secured and to leave lights on if your going out.”
The police number to call for anyone with information is 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.