A RECENT spate of burglaries in the area has caused police and politicians to issue warnings and remind people to be safe and vigilant in the run up to Christmas.
Police in Limavady are investigating a number of worrying burglary and theft cases, particularly in the Dungiven, Feeny and Foreglen areas.
The run up to the festive season has given burglars and thieves the perfect opportunity to help themselves to Christmas presents and other valuable possessions that people are stocking up.
PSNI Limavady are encouraging people to report any suspicious activity, no matter how insignificant it may seem, as they continue regular anti-burglary patrols.
Sergeant Taylor told the Northern Constitution: “We will continue with regular anti-burglary patrols in the Limavady area and are encouraging everyone to report any suspicious activity to police on 101.
“No matter how insignificant it may seem, the report of a suspicious vehicle or people acting strangely in your neighbourhood can help us to prevent and detect crime. We would like all of you to help us spread the message.
“Domestic burglary has been and will remain a priority for us.”
SDLP Councillor John Deighan told the Northern Constitution he is very worried that these burglaries are taking place locally.
Councillor Deighan is also warning people to be conscious of what information they post on social media.
Mr Deighan added: “I understand that there has been a rise in burglaries in the Derry City area.
“PSNI believe these are professional criminals, so I would appeal to people to take extra care and be vigilant, especially in the run up to Christmas.
“A lot of people are commenting on social media about their whereabouts and this sometimes can let burglars know that there will be no one in a specific house during specific time-frame, so I would appeal to people not to give away any information online which could play right into the burglars hands.
“I would also ask people to be very conscious of ensuring all doors and windows are locked and if the house has active alarm to ensure this is set at all times.”
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