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Checkpoints and cash sniffer dogs in local drive to ‘beat the burglar’

Police are planning a dedicated week-long operation to reduce the number of burglaries and bring those responsible before the courts.

It will see officers from across a number of districts raise the visible police profile against burglaries and burglars.

It follows an increase in the number of burglaries in recent days across local areas.

The Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area, as well as Newry, Mourne and Down, will be included as part of this latest operation.

It will involve mounting vehicle checkpoints, conducting searches at premises of interest, deploying cash sniffer dogs and providing advice and information to householders and business owners on how to secure their premises.

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon’s Supt. David Moore said: “Police intend to make sure any burglary hotspots are receiving increased attention.

“As part of the overall operational plan, we will also be mounting checkpoints on roads to clamp down on travelling criminals.”

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