A crime prevention campaign to help residents deter burglars while on holidays this summer has been introduced throughout the ABC Council area.
The ‘Peace of Mind While You’re Away’ campaign is being implemented by the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the PSNI. working alongside travel agents and community groups.
Leaflets have been issued to travel agents to distribute to people enquiring about or booking holidays. These provide advice and guidance on how to make their home more secure while away.
Top tips include: have an approved alarm system installed; don’t leave valuables, like laptops and TVs, where people can see them through windows; don’t leave curtains closed during the day as this shows the house is empty; cancel any regular deliveries such as newspapers or milk.
Also, avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home or on social media sites; consider leaving important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank or lock them in a safe; don’t forget to lock all external doors and windows.
Superintendent David Moore said, “Police will also be conducting their usual anti-burglary patrols and we would encourage all residents to report anything which looks suspicious or out of place to us straight away. The number to phone is 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“Burglars are often opportunists and will target houses which offer the opportunity to carry out crime with the least number of obstacles in the way.
“Friends, family and neighbours can also play a vital surveillance role in ensuring burglars stay away from your property.”