Appeal after burglaries in Derry


Police are appealing for information after thieves struck at four homes within four days in Derry, including two houses in the same street.

Sometime between 5pm and 10.40pm on Saturday 29 August, a house in Hollymount Park was broken into. A sum of money and jewellery was taken. Sometime between 6pm and 10.25pm on the same day, another house in the same street was broken into.

“At this time, it is not believed that anything was taken. These two burglaries are being linked,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

“Sometime between 6pm on Friday 28 August and 1pm on Saturday 29 August, a house in the Elm Close area of Derry was broken into. A television, a games console, a laptop and a pair of children’s shoes were taken.

A sum of money, a set of car keys and some jewellery was taken from a house in the Mill Path area of Eglinton, sometime between Thursday 27 August and Sunday 30 August.”

Inspector Tony Moore appealed for information and urged anyone who noticed any suspicious activity to contact Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101.

“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111,” he said.

Inspector Moore continued: “I would also appeal to all householders to take steps to protect their homes. It is important that householders take sensible precautions to deter those involved in this type of crime. Crime prevention doesn’t have to be expensive; indeed the first step costs nothing and involves nothing more than making sure that all the windows and doors are closed and properly locked, each time you leave your house-even if you’re in the back garden. If you are going on holiday, cutting the grass, cancelling milk and paper deliveries and, if you have glass front door, asking a relative or trusted friend to lift the mail so that it cannot be seen piled up on the floor are other measures that cost very little but help to create a scene that implies you are still at home. And, don’t forget to let police know that your house will be vacant.”