Police in Derry Launch Operation ‘Safer Homes

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Police in Foyle have launched ‘Operation Safer Homes’ to encourage all householders to make their homes more secure and deter criminals

Since the start of the new financial year in April 2012, there has been a 19% increase in burglaries in the Foyle Area. In more than 50% of domestic burglaries reported to police, the criminal gained entry to the property via an unlocked door or window. Police are urging householders to take sensible steps to protect their homes and to follow basic crime prevention advice to reduce their homes being targeted by criminals and opportunist thieves. It is imperative that people remember to close and lock windows and doors at night or when the house is unoccupied.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows is urging local residents to be more vigilant, “As part of Operation Safer Homes, there will be increased police patrols, leaflet drops and an advertising campaign to remind local residents to ensure their homes are secure at all times.

“We have seen an increase in walk-in burglaries rather than break-ins and this is down to people not locking their doors or windows. We are continually working to raise awareness of burglaries and while we conduct patrols, respond to reports of suspicious activity and deliver crime prevention, everyone can play their part in taking proper precautions to protect their home and property.

“We would advise all householders to review their security. If your doors aren’t secure, neither is your home. Close It, Lock It and Check It.

“Prevent crime from happening by taking simple steps to make your homes secure. Always lock windows and doors to your home and vehicles. Lock garages and sheds and do not leave garden or sports equipment lying around.

“Do not make your home an easy target for criminals. I would also ask anyone who notices suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to call us immediately. This could prevent someone from becoming a victim of crime. Please Protect your homes.”

Further practical crime prevention advice is always available from the PSNI’s Crime Prevention Officer on 0845 600 8000.