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Men in boiler suits seen breaking into south Armagh business

Three men who were possibly wearing boiler suits were spotted breaking into commercial premises in south Armagh yesterday (Monday) morning.

Detectives investigating the burglary in Cullyhanna during the early hours of Monday morning are appealing for witnesses and information.

Detective Sergeant Graeme Connor said: “We received a report at approximately 3am yesterday that three men had forced entry to commercial premises in the Skeriff Road area.

“The suspects, who were reported to possibly have been wearing boiler suits, left in the direction of Freeduff Road. Nothing was reported stolen, however, a shutter was damaged.

“I am appealing to anyone who knows anything about this incident, or any driver who was on the road around this time and has a dash cam fitted to their vehicle to check their footage.

“Anyone with any information please contact detectives at Ardmore on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 174 of 09/07/18.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to detectives at Ardmore PSNI on 101 or to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak and stop crime.”

Detective Sergeant Connor added: “I would advise businesses to regularly review their crime prevention measures to minimise their risk of becoming a victim of crime.

“Here are a few simple measures:

– Ensure minimum cash is kept on the premises. Leave the till empty and open overnight. If an ATM is a self-fill option, reconsider having a managed machine or the use of a Cash Security Company

– Use signs to clearly state that there is minimal cash on premises/limited cash in tills/ATMS – out of hours. For example: ‘time delay safes are used’ or ‘no money is left on the premises’ or ’employees cannot open the safes’

-Do not count cash in public view, or fill the ATMs in opening hours

-Ensure all security equipment including CCTV and alarms have been routinely serviced and are working properly

-Conduct a full security review of your business and seek assistance as required

-Make sure to lock away any ladders or items which may assist people in accessing your premises

“For further advice, please call your local Crime Prevention Officer on the 101 number.

“More generally, I would encourage people who live close to rural businesses like filling stations and local shops to tell police immediately if they see any unusual activity or people in the area.

“For example, if you hear machinery late at night or in the early hours please let us know.

“Report any power outages close to rural commercial premises during the hours of darkness via 101. Also, if you see people or vehicles appearing to pay particular attention to certain premises, call police on 101. In an emergency or if you suspect a crime is in progress, dial 999.”

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