January Crime Prevention Blog

Happy New Year! By Crime Prevention & Architectural Liaison Officer Gerry McBride

Now that the Christmas holidays are over and we are into the new year, it is time to consider our resolutions for 2017. For my resolution, I intend to lose a few pounds!

This is my first crime prevention blog of 2017 and I would like you to consider ensuring that your home is protected at all times as your new year’s resolution.

Firstly, it is important to get into the habit of locking your doors and securing windows, even when you are at home. It could be difficult to get into the habit of at first, however, if you set a rule in your house to always lock doors and secure windows at all times, and encourage your family members to do the same, then it could help prevent you and your family from becoming victims of crime.

We have seen burglaries in which car keys have been stolen which have been left near to a front door. Make it harder for burglars by keeping any belongings such as car keys and handbags out of sight and out of reach, or you could find yourself without a car and out of pocket.

One in three burglaries are ‘walk in’ burglaries, where a burglar tries their luck and gains entry into a home through an unlocked door or insecure window.

If you have information about a crime, contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.