House break-in attempts in Derry spark alert over criminals preying on vulnerable

Sinn Féin Councillor for the Moor Ward, Emma McGinley has urged residents to remain vigilant after reports of a number of attempted break ins in the Creggan area.

By Brendan McDaid
Saturday, 6th November 2021, 9:58 am

The warning was issued after concerns were raised by local people. It also comes after the shocking attack on an older woman in another area of Derry last week when an intruder entered her home and proceeded to try to put tape over her eyes and mouth before making off with the victim’s purse when a panic alarm was activated.

Councillor McGinley said: “Over the past number of days, I have been receiving reports of attempted break-ins at homes in the Creggan area. I would encourage people to make sure their windows and doors are locked at night.

“Those responsible for these break-ins are opportunist criminals with no regard whatsoever for the consequences of their actions. They will continue to prey on the vulnerable unless they are caught and brought before the courts. I am appealing to the whole community to be vigilant and watch out for each other, especially elderly neighbours who are particularly vulnerable. People should not hesitate to report anything suspicious to the PSNI, to Crimestoppers, or even to the Triax Community Wardens on 07709457690, regardless how insignificant it might seem. Sharing information could help prevent a neighbour falling victim to other acts of criminality in Creggan, or elsewhere in Derry.”

There have been a number of reports of attempted break-ins in Derry.

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