Locals urged to lock up tight
Wednesday, 22nd December, 2010
A burglary that was committed while the house owners were away has prompted police to alert locals about keeping their homes safe.
The owners of a house in Crystal Street returned home from five days away on Monday morning to find that someone had broken in through a back window and stolen about $400 worth of property, police said yesterday.
The break-in was a reminder of what could happen these Christmas holidays, they said. However, there were precautions that could be taken to lessen the risk, a police spokesman said.
"If you are going away, let your neighbours know, leave your lights on over Christmas and make sure everything is secure," he said.
It was also wise to arrange for someone to visit your house regularly to make an inspection of the premises and collect the mail.
Police also reminded people to keep an eye out for their neighbours and to phone the police immediately on seeing anyone behaving suspiciously.
Anyone living near a school was also asked to contact police if they see people trespassing on the school grounds during the Christmas holidays.
All of the schools are closed until February.