Police warning as thieves target car

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A car has been broken into and damaged at Scarva Park, while the owner left it to go and walk a dog.

Police in Banbridge are warning the public to be vigilant when leaving their vehicles unattendedt following the incident at the well-known and popular park.

The driver of the Peugeot 107 had parked the car at the park on Friday, September 25 some time between 12.10pm and 12.45pm. It was broken into while the occupant walked their dog.

Damage was caused to the passenger door of the car and items in the car were rifled through.

Constable Braiden said: “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the car being entered or anyone who has information which might assist our investigation. We can be contacted on 101, quoting ref: 984 051015.

“We would also remind all motorists to make sure their vehicles are secure and all valuables removed from sight when they leave their car unattended.

“If you notice anyone acting suspiciously in a car park or around vehicle please phone us straight away on 101.”

Councillor Glenn Barr has condemned the incident.“This is not a nice thing to happen to anyone.

“A park is a place of leisure where people go to relax, but things like this can put them off and that’s not what we want for our area or our parks.

“We want people to be able to enjoy themselves when using council facilities and want them to come back again.

“My thoughts are with the victim, for things like this leave a bad feeling.”

Reiterating the police warning, Councillor Barr urged members of the public to make sure anything of value in the car is moved out of sight removing the temptation for theives to break in.

“It can take a thief only a few seconds to break into a car, but don’t give them a motive. Always try to be extra vigilant about your vehicle’s security to avoid becoming a victim. If anybody has any information I would urge them to come forward,” he continued.

“Police are investigating the incident and anyone with information can speak to them on the non-emergency number 101 or if they prefer they can come and speak directly to myself.”