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16/09/2021

'In each case, those responsible have used the same method' - Police believe the same gang behind six burglaries in Derry over the past week

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THE PSNI has said it is investigating the possibility that six burglaries at homes in Derry over the past four nights may be linked. It comes after reports of six burglaries at homes in the cityside and Waterside areas between Thursday, August 30 and yesterday, Tuesday, September 4. Areas where homes have been targeted include Messines Park, Farmhill and Woodbrook in the city side, and Summer Meadows Manor and Woodburn Park in the Waterside. Commenting, Chief Inspector Jonny Hunter said that in each instance, the culprits have used the same methods to gain entrance to the homes. “We believe these burglaries are linked at this time,” he said. “In each case, those responsible have used the same method to force entry to homes, by smashing a window or a door to get inside. “Once inside they’ve ransacked the property and taken items they can flee with easily, such as cash and jewellery. “Heavier, bulkier items such as television sets have been left behind. They want to get in and out of the property as quickly as possible.” He continued that while police have stepped up patrols in the affected areas, people living in the local community could help his officers by being on the lookout for suspicious behaviour. “We are doing all we can to tackle this issue and have increased our patrols in the areas targeted,” he said. “However, we also need the public’s help. “For example, if you see an unusual vehicle parked or travelling on a road in your area, or strangers calling at houses, take a note of the vehicle registration number and a description of any vehicles and pass that information on to us.” “We also want you to look out for your neighbours. If you see someone hanging around their property, acting suspiciously, please tell us. “Also, for residents in well-established residential areas, if you’re going on holiday tell your neighbours so they can keep an eye out for any strange callers to your home, or arrange for someone to check your property while you're gone.” He added: “If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101.”

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