A spike in burgaries in the Dungannon and Moy areas has prompted the Deputy Mayor of Dungannon Dominic Molloy to warn homeowners to be vigilant against opportunistic crooks.
In the latest incident, a Kindle and laptop were stolen from a house in the Newell Road area of Dungannon after it was broken into sometime between 11.15pm on January 25th and 7.30am the following day.
It’s believed many of the break-ins have taken place during the day when the owners are out, with the culprits mainly forcing entry through a rear door or window.
Three robberies in which jewellery and cash were stolen have been reported during the past week in Moy.
In addition, burglars have struck at properties in Fairmount Park, Tamnamore, and on the Finulagh Road in the past few weeks.
“I’m calling on everyone to be vigilant and ensure their properties are secured and to pay special attention to vulnerable and elderly neighbours”, said Councillor Molloy.
“It’s clear that there is a specific number of individuals or organised gang who are targeting properties which are empty during the day so the vigilance of neighbours and friends is of paramount importance and I call on the PSNI to ensure that the activities of these people are curtailed as soon as possible.”
Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything to contact Police on the 101 number. Quoting reference number 77726115. Alternatively information can be passed via the independent Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.