As part of Operation Season’s Greetings police in Causeway Coast and Glens have been revisiting a number of elderly victims of residential burglaries which occurred during 2019 to check on their welfare and provide further support in relation to crime prevention and home safety.
Detective Inspector Peter McKenna, Criminal Investigation Branch, explains: “Crimes against the elderly impact on some of our most vulnerable members of the community and can leave them feeling unsafe in their own homes.
“Detectives do all they reasonably can to investigate these crimes and bring offenders to justice however the impact on victims can be significant and can leave them feeling more vulnerable and unsure. The revisits give us an opportunity to ensure people are taking appropriate crime prevention steps and, if necessary, we can signpost them to other support services.”
Neighbourhood Constable Johnny McKeever adds: “The response from the victims has been really positive and many have appreciated the extra reassurance. The public will continue to see us out and about over the Christmas period taking action to prevent and detect burglaries and other crimes. There is lots of advice on our social media and website pages around home security but by following some very simple steps you can help us reduce the risk of you or your loved ones falling victim to burglary.”
• Close and lock all doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
• Leave a light on if it will be dark before you get home.
• Keep your valuables out of sight.
• Don’t leave car keys near your door, letterbox or windows.
• Always check who is at the door. Not sure? Don’t open the door.
• Set your alarm when going out and at night time.
• Be a good neighbour and report suspicious activity straightaway.
Constable McKeever adds: “We would like to say thank you to our friends at Causeway Older Active Strategic Team (COAST) for supplying the bags which we are handing out as we visit victims. The bags contain useful crime prevention advice as well as a signed Christmas card. Please use the Christmas period as an opportunity to call in with an older or more vulnerable neighbour and if you have any concerns please give us a call.”