Christmas presents stolen from Derry home

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Thieves have stolen Christmas presents from a house in Derry.

Police say items were stolen during the burglary, which occurred between 4pm and 7pm on Monday at a house in the Fortfield Avenue area of Shantallow.

Among the times taken were Christmas presents, a DVD/TV flat screen television, a collection of foreign currency and items of sentimental value including jewellery.

“Householders should make it as difficult as possible for burglars to target their home and property,” a PSNI spokeswoman says.

“Thieves are well aware that houses will be laden with presents and electrical goods at this time of the year so it is important to keep these items well out of sight and properly concealed.

“All valuables including jewellery should be indelibly marked with the house number and post code so that items will be more difficult to sell. Jewellery should be properly valued and itemised for insurance purposes, photographed against a ruler for easy identification and placed in a safe, secured to the fabric of the building.”

Police would ask that anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in relation to the burglary in the Shantallow area, or who has any information, to contact detectives at Strand Road on 0845600800. Or if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555111.

Meanwhile police have aslo appealled for information after an apartment was burgled on Atlantic Quay in Derry.

“Sometime in the past two weeks a third floor apartment was broken into and a large quantity of items were stolen. A sum of cash as well as Canadian currency was stolen,” a police spokeswoman says.

A whiskey collection, including reserve Bushmills whiskey, black Cannon 600D camera, ipad, ipod and a Nintendo Wii were some of the items stolen.

Police believe the thieves may have climbed up to the balcony on the third floor and broke into the apartment via the front patio doors facing the riverside.

Police say the riverside walk is usually very busy with pedestrians and are asking anyone who may have witnessed anyone climbing up the front of the building or noticed any suspicious activity to contact them at Strand Road station on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.