As the clocks go forward one hour tonight (Saturday), and the evenings start to get lighter, police are urging people to take precautions against opportunistic burglars.
The message from them is to check locks, not only on houses but on outbuildings, garages and sheds.
Superintendent Simon Walls said, “Lock doors and windows. Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked. Keep your valuables stored away safely, and never leave them where they can be seen through windows.”
Practical steps include:
*Lock your doors and windows
*Ensure gardening tools are locked away after use
*Don’t leave cash or valuable items on display
*Never leave keys in the locks, on table tops or hooks in view of external windows
*Report suspicious persons or vehicles to police
*Consider fitting an alarm or other security devices
He added, “A proportion of all burglaries occur at unsecured premises through unlocked doors or windows. If your doors aren’t secure, neither is your house.”
For further crime prevention advice, speak to the local Policing Team Officer or Crime Prevention Officer on 101. There is also additional advice on the PSNI website www.psni.police.uk.