PSNI Urge Vigilance Amid Spate Of Burglaries

Police in the Newry, Mourne and Down area are urging members of the public to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in recent days.

A total of eight incidents were reported over the weekend, some of which may be linked.

In the first incident on Friday 21 June a premises on the Newcastle Road in Ballynahinch was broken into at around 10.10pm. A trailer and two multi head streamers were stolen.

Four burglaries then occurred on Saturday 22 June on the Carnacally Road in Mayobridge between 6.15am and 4pm, the Armagh Road in Newry between 7am and 2pm, the Aughnacloy Road in Banbridge between 10am and 1pm and the Greenan Road in Newry between 2.30 and 3.30pm.

A further three burglaries occurred on Sunday 23 June, on the Main Street Camlough between 8pm on the previous night and 8am the next morning, on the Dublin Road, Newry between 3.30pm and 6pm and on the Drummond Road, Whitecross sometime before 6pm. 
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Detective Sergeant Bell said: "We believe there may be links between some of these burglaries and would ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in any of the areas listed above around the relative times to please contact detectives in Newry on 101. Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

"There are a number of steps you can take to prevent burglaries. Firstly make sure to close, lock and check all windows and doors, even if you are just stepping outside for a few minutes. Get into the habit of doing this every day and make sure to get everyone in the house involved. The more you make this part of your daily routine, the less chance you have of being targeted by opportunistic burglars.  

"Secondly, if you see something on your street or in your neighbourhood that doesn't look right then let us know. Don't wait. Pick up the phone and give us the information as soon as you can. We have caught burglars in the act because someone called us straightaway. We have stopped vans with stolen goods on-board because someone called us straightaway. The sooner we know, the faster we can respond and the safer your neighbourhood will be."


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