08 Aug 2022

COMMUNITY ALERT: Warning issued after cash and medication stolen during break-ins at pensioners' homes in the Hatmore and Rosemount areas of Derry yesterday

SDLP Cllr Shauna Cusack has warned people to be vigilant following a series of recent break ins at Hatmore, Norburgh and Florence Street, Rosemount. "We should always be vigilant with our home security at any time of day, night and regardless of the season, but often the darker evenings provide greater coverage for these opportunists," Cllr Cusack said. "I was disgusted to find out that two of the properties targeted yesterday evening belonged to what the authorities would term ‘vulnerable' individuals, which is people over 60 years. "I have been able to visit two of the victims and speak to them of their ordeal. While only cash and some medication was taken these gentlemen were obviously quite upset, not only by the intrusion but the considerable damage caused in one of the homes. "Some of the victims are also on medication for health issues. "There was clear evidence of forced entry in both these cases with the perpetrators busting through back doors. "The burglaries occurred between 7pm - 10 pm last night and I would strongly urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in touch as it is highly likely the same group are responsible for all the crimes. "I would also advise that people be wary of their routine and keep it varied, keep properties appearing occupied and never post information online which suggests you are not at home. The culprits who did this should be ashamed that for a pittance of cash they have traumatised innocent decent people who may nolonger feel safe in their homes."

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