A new campaign launched by the PSNI and Lisburn and Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is encouraging the public to take a few simple steps to protect their home, their family, and their belongings.
Approximately one third of domestic burglaries across Northern Ireland are committed because home owners leave doors and windows open, however in recent times in Lisburn and Castlereagh specifically, this has increased to one half.
The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the crime prevention measures that can be taken to keep people and property safe, and particularly for our older people.
Lisburn and Castlereagh PCSP working with Local Policing Teams will be running local initiatives to support the campaign.
PCSP Chairman Councillor Scott Carson said: “Recent statistics show that domestic burglary, particularly against older people, is continuing to increase across the district.
“This is a concern for the PCSP and we are delighted to be working with the local PSNI on this campaign.
“Simply checking and securing your back doors and windows and security marking your valuables will help to prevent burglaries.
“Domestic burglary against older people has increased compared to last year.
“In respect of the total number of burglaries across Lisburn and Castlereagh from April to September, the number has increased by 36%, bringing the total number of burglaries to 302.”
District Commander for the area Superintendent Sean Wright, PSNI said: “If a burglar can literally walk into your home because it isn’t secure, then they will take the risk. Don’t give criminals an opportunity.
“A good way to start preventing burglary is to make sure your home is secure.
“Close and lock all windows and doors at night or when you are leaving your home, even if it is only for a short time.
“Being a good neighbour can also help protect homes in your area.”
To find out more about how you can protect ‘your home, your family and your belongings’ you should contact the PCSP through the Council, your local crime prevention officer or policing team on 101.