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Older residents being targeted by thieves in Portadown, police warn

Older residents are being targeted by thieves across Portadown, police have today (Saturday) warned.

Officers are urging residents in the town to take steps to protect their property and reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime this Christmas following recent cases across the town.

These involved thieves targeting older individuals and people are being asked to keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives during the festive period.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “Officers are aware of the impact that burglaries can have on individual householders and with Christmas approaching we would remind people it is not a time of rest for criminals; they too are doing their Christmas shopping, looking to gain advantage at your expense.

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“Don’t make it easy for them, stay alert to your surroundings and report anything suspicious to police immediately.

“When you get home, keep your presents safe. Everyone likes to see Christmas presents around a tree, but make sure that no one can see them from outside.

“It is important to ensure you always lock your doors and windows at night and when out to secure those high value items you may have at Christmas.

“We will continue with our regular anti-burglary patrols and are encouraging everyone to report suspicious activity to us – no matter how insignificant it may seem, the report of a suspicious vehicle or people acting strangely in your neighbourhood can help us to prevent and detect crime.

“We would like all of you to help us spread the message. Talk to your family and neighbours about the top ten tips and the simple measures you can take to make your home more secure.

“Domestic burglary has been and will remain a priority for us. We are pleased to be able to promote the Top Ten Tips and help remind local people that they can take steps to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.”

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