Residents in the Culmore area of the city have been urged to be vigilant after reports of a number of car thefts in the area.
Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan issued the warning after a number of thefts and attempted vehicle thefts in the area in recent weeks.
Colr. Hassan said it appeared to be part of a growing number of incidents of criminals targeting vehicles throughout Culmore.
“In recent weeks there have been a growing number of incidents in the greater Culmore area in the early hours of the morning during which criminals have been targeting vehicles parked outside homes,” he said.
Colr. Hassan said attempts have been made to break into vehicles which have resulted in costly repair bills for the owners.
“I am aware of several incidents in the Elmvale, Ardanlee, and Spruce Meadows areas in which attempts have been made to break into a number of cars and in other incidents cars have been vandalised leaving the owners with hefty repair bills,” he explained.
The Sinn Féin colr. encouraged local people to report anything suspicious to the PSNI. “It’s important that if anyone sees people acting suspiciously late at night in the area they contact the police straight away,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin colr. Colly Kelly has also urged people living in other areas of the city to ensure they take precautions to deter opportunistic criminals.
“There are concerns and fears out there in the community over distraction robberies and walk-in robberies being reported in the media. On many occasions we hear of such incidents and never think it will happen to us and that someone else will be the victim.
“I would appeal to people who are just nipping out to the local shop, calling with a neighbour or just going to Mass for half an hour to ensure they lock their doors at all times. The criminals carrying out these acts are always on the lookout for their next victim. All too often now they are looking for car keys, whatever money they can get their hands on and they can be in and out of a house in a couple of minutes,” he said.