Homeowners on their guard

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Crime prevention officer for Banbridge and Craigavon, Michelle Wilson is reminding homeowners to be mindful of their home security over the coming months especially if going on holiday or leaving your home overnight.

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, including your garage, at night or when the house is unoccupied. Do not make it easy for the would-be burglar.

Michelle 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.

“Ask a friend or neighbour to make regular checks of your home and lift your post, mow your lawn or bring in your bin so that your house appears occupied.”

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