Concerns have been expressed over crime in Gilford after a number of burglaries and incidents on criminal damage.
Local DUP MLA Sydney Anderson has urged vigilance after the incidents, including an incident when money was stolen from charity boxes in a business premises.
Mr Anderson stated,“I was disgusted to learn that individuals broke into a business on Dunbarton Street, Gilford and stole money from charity boxes.
“The people responsible are the lowest of the low and it is despicable that they stole money that was being collected to help the most vulnerable and needy people in our society.
“I hope that these disgraceful criminals are arrested and swiftly brought justice for their actions.
“Ultimately, the problem of burglaries in the local area is a cause for major concern and quite a number of constituents have been in touch with me to state that they are worried about becoming victims of such crime.
“In my opinion it is imperative that the police continue to conduct anti-burglary patrols and have a presence on the streets to prevent and deter burglaries from taking place.”
Mr Anderson continued by stating,“I would urge everyone to be vigilant and to take measures to ensure that homes are secure at all times to prevent burglaries occurring.
“It is important that all residents report any activity which appears suspicious or out of place to the PSNI straight away.
“Hopefully this problem can be tackled head on and I plan to continue to press the PSNI to do all in their power to make our communities safer place for all.”
Meanwhile police in Banbridge are appealing for information after graffiti was sprayed onto the walls of Gilford Castle.
The graffiti was discovered on Friday morning, 18 December. There have been a number of graffiti incidents in Gilford over the last week and police would like to hear from anyone who has information that could assist their investigation.
They can be contacted on 101, quoting ref: 415 181215.
Police had earlier appealed for information after graffiti was sprayed on a number of properties, in Gilford.
On the morning of Tuesday, December 15, police received a report of graffiti on a wall at Hunter’s Hill, close to the doctor’s surgery in Castleview and on Gilford Community Hall.
Police would like to hear from anyone who has information in relation to these incidents and can be contacted on 101, quoting ref: 240 151215.
If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.