POLICE have increased patrols in the Galgorm Road area of Ballymena following a burglary and a number of attempted burglaries over the weekend.
Following incidents at Grange Road and Shandon Park, a PSNI spokesperson said: “We have increased patrols and visible pro-activity within the area, however we need your assistance to prevent further incidents.
“While we can conduct patrols, respond to reports of suspicious activity and deliver crime prevention, everyone can play their part in taking proper precautions with their home.
“We want every member of our community to feel safe and protected whilst also being enabled and encouraged to feel in control of their own security and safety. You can help us by taking practical steps to protect your home and your family.
“We would advise you to review your security and increase your vigilance. If your doors aren’t secure, neither is your home. FOLLOW THESE TIPS – Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when you’re in, and especially at night.
“Establishing a routine that ensures you check your doors and windows before going to bed or leaving the house is one of the simplest steps you can take to protect your home.
“Don’t forget to lock the door behind you and remove the key from the door. Keep valuables out of view in case a burglar looks through your door or window. Make sure your door is locked if you’re in the garden. Don’t leave garden tools outside, they could be used to facilitate a burglary Get to know you neighbours. look out for each other.
“Download tracking software onto mobile phones/laptops. Remember it only takes a minute to secure your property.
“Lock up – don’t lose out HELP US TO PREVENT BURGLARIES – Any unusual people or activity should be reported to the PSNI on 101.
“If you witness a burglary in progress, call 999. Together we can crack down effectively on this type of crime. Further Crime Prevention advice is available by contacting your local Crime prevention officer on 101 or by visiting our website – www.psni.police.uk/advice-information/protecting-your-home “