Police operation welcomed

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Local DUP MLA Sydney Anderson, has welcomed the recent launch of a PSNI anti-burglary operation which will help reduce the number of break-ins in Northern Ireland.

The four week operation will include an increase in vehicle checkpoints, sniffer dogs and offering advice to householders on how best to secure their property.

Mr Anderson said, “I fully welcome the launch of this major-anti burglary operation which will cover every part of Northern Ireland. Officers from Districts and detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch will work together with officers in Tactical Support Groups and Roads Policing to raise the visible police profile against burglaries and those who carry out such crime.

“This operation will involve mounting vehicle checkpoints, carrying out searches at premises of interest, deploying cash sniffer dogs and also providing relevant advice and information to residents and business owners on how to properly secure their property.”

Sydney Anderson MLA said, “We are all fully aware of the worrying amount of burglaries that have taken place across the Upper Bann constituency in recent months and therefore I hope that this anti-burglary operation will have some success.

“Notably, 7,266 burglaries took place at domestic and business premises across Northern Ireland between April 2015 and January 25 2016. As such I welcome the fact that burglary hotspots are to receive increased PSNI attention through this operation.

“We must recognise we all have a role to play in tackling the scourge of burglaries. It is important we all take measures to ensur our properties are secure and that we also be vigilant.

“I hope this PSNI operation goes some way towards combating this type of criminal activity and will yield results in our efforts to take the perpetrators off the streets.”