‘Opportunistic burglars’ targeting Derry homes

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Around 75% of all burglaries in Derry are “are opportunistic rather than forced entries”, Derry’s top cop has said.

PSNI Foyle Area Commander, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows, told the Derry Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) that three quarters of the burglaries happening in Foyle are through open doors and windows.

He was speaking at the PCSP meeting on Monday held in the Crescent Community and Cultural Centre which was attended by members of the public, PSNI Crime Prevention and Neighbourhood Officers, Community Safety Wardens and members of the PCSP.

Speaking at the meeting Colr Thomas Conway, chair of the Derry PCSP explained that the PCSP is the public’s partnership that has “been established to address the policing and community safety needs of the entire community of the city and district.”

“Burglary, especially domestic burglary, is a major concern at present for our residents and this public meeting provided an opportunity for those agencies involved in crime prevention and community safety to disseminate valuable information and advice on home security.”