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Holiday home advice

Summer is fast approaching and everyone is looking forward to holiday season. Everyone wants to enjoy the summer and we do not want to see anyone fall victim to crime.

Crime Prevention officer for Armagh and Newry, Lisa Sherman is reminding homeowners to be mindful of their home security over the coming months especially if going on holiday or leaving your home over night. 

Householders can take sensible steps to protect their home and their belongings against thieves. In many instances of burglary, the criminal has gained entry to the property via an unlocked door or window. It is imperative therefore that people remember to close and lock windows and doors at night or when the house is unoccupied. Do not make it easy for the would-be burglar.

Lisa explained: “Consideration should be given to installing a home security system or, where one is already fitted, ensuring it is primed at night time or when you are away from home. Security lighting around the perimeter of your property can also act as a deterrent.

“Remember to cancel milk or paper deliveries. It is also wise to keep valuables out of sight. A safe is a wise investment for securing precious items such as jewellery, credit cards or financial documents. Don’t leave keys in plain view or in a door lock. Do not advertise the fact that you are leaving home and don’t post details of your holiday on social media sites.”

It is not just occupied houses that can be vulnerable – vacant properties or homes that are under refurbishment can also be susceptible to passing criminals. Thieves will make off with whatever they can get their hands on even if it means stripping the house of the copper piping. It is important for owners to make regular checks of their properties.

E District police officers will continue to address burglary and raise awareness of crime prevention however the community can also play a part by looking out for neighbours, reviewing household security, making sure that doors and windows are locked and by reporting any suspicious activity immediately to police.

If you require any further crime prevention advice, please contact your local crime prevention officer on the 101 non-emergency number.

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