DUP MP David Simpson has raised concerns about the recent spate of burglaries in the Portadown area.
Mr Simpson said he was aware of three businesses in the town centre being targeted recently, along with houses in the town’s estates.
He said, “I have been alarmed at the level of burglaries in Portadown over the past number of weeks and months; there have been several in the local estate areas and in the town centre - with three businesses having been targeted.
“This is worrying in a day and age when there is more education and promotion of keeping your property secured, however we have planned to take a number of steps to address the matter in a practical way. We have had several requests - following the burglaries - to commence Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in certain areas, and we are working with the PSNI in this regard.”
Mr Simpson claimed that his party had a strategy to deal with the burglary problem and would pursue this at council, Assembly and Westminster level.
“We have been to the fore within council, making additional provision with burglary packs to help vulnerable and older people. Within the packs there are a number of items, aimed at making you and your home safer, with a 24-hour plug-in timer; a minder sneak-in alarm; a safe can, and a personal attack alarm. We have a number of these to distribute throughout the community and I am making them available from the DUP office in Portadown. The DUP remain committed to tackling crime and these two steps are our initial attempt to tackle this blight on our society.”
To make an appointment to obtain a pack, ring 02838332234. There are limited resources, so they will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.