A number of items including, a four diamond engagement ring, were stolen during a burglary today at a property today on the Coleraine Road in Ballymoney.
Detective Sergeant Wallace said:
“The burglary at a property in the Coleraine Road area was reported to us just before 1:25pm. Sometime between 11am and 1pm today, entry was forced to the property and a number of pieces of jewellery, some of which have sentimental value, were stolen including an engagement ring with four diamonds. A sum of money was also reported stolen.
“A window and a door were reported damaged.
I am appealing to anyone who was in the area between 11am and 1pm today and saw any suspicious activity to get in touch. I would also appeal to anyone who is offered jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances to contact detectives in Coleraine on 101, quoting reference number 1040 of 30/06/19.”
Detective Sergeant Wallace added:
“I want to take this opportunity to remind residents to make home security part of their daily routine as part of efforts to reduce and prevent burglaries. There are three things everyone can do to help us prevent more people from becoming victims of burglary.
Firstly make sure to close, lock and check all windows and doors, even if you are just stepping outside for a few minutes. Get into the habit of doing this every day and make sure to get everyone in the house involved. The more you make this part of your daily routine, the less chance you have of being targeted by opportunistic burglars.
Secondly, if you see something on your street or in your neighbourhood that doesn’t look right then let us know. Don’t wait. Pick up the phone and give us the information as soon as you can. We have caught burglars in the act because someone called us straightaway. We have stopped vans with stolen goods on-board because someone called us straightaway. The sooner we know, the faster we can respond and the safer your neighbourhood will be.
Lastly make it your business to check in on an older neighbour or family member. If you know someone who lives on their own then why not drop in, even just once a week to make sure they are okay.”
If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101.
Report any suspicious activity/concerns to 101 and in the case of an emergency please call 999.