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Thieves Enter House in Ardglass – Police Say Take all Precautions
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THIEVES are disturbed in a house in Hill Street in Ardglass at 2am recently when a householder looked down his stairs to see two men standing beside the front door. They quickly fled from the house.

Police in C District are urging householders to take all precautions and keep their doors locked at night, not to admit strangers to their home and also to look out for elderly neighbours.

Sending out the message to beware of bogus callers are Good Morning Down volunteer Elaine Coffey, Linda Baker, manager, Alan Dumigan, volunteer, Audrey Byrne, Down Community Safety Partnership Vice Chairperson, Neighbourhood Constable Caroline Owens, Yvonne Gilchrist, PSNI Community Safety Officer, with Aidan Harris and Kathleen Greenwood, GMD staff.

A police spokesperson said: “The advice follows a number of bogus callers in Killyleagh and Donaghadee. The most recent took place in the Newcastle area around 1pm on Wednesday 23 January.  An 86-year old lady opened the door to her home to a man claiming to be from the Water Board who pushed his way into her home.  Although nothing was taken in this incident the lady was badly shaken by her ordeal.

“Bogus callers depend on the good nature and good will of others. They tend to target the more vulnerable members of our society and in particular, older members of our community. It is always advisable to be cautious of unexpected callers.

“It is worth remembering that bogus callers will use all sorts of tactics to gain access to a victim’s home.

“Everyone should follow this advice when dealing with unexpected visitors:

*  Before answering your door, ensure your back door is locked.

* Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.

* If you have any doubts about anyone calling to your door don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.

* Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradesmen should carry a photographic identification card and will be only to willing to comply with your request. Check this carefully. If you are unsure, telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90 they will help indentify genuine callers.

* Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere that may encourage you to leave your house – they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act upon this distraction.

* Police would also urge householders to follow some common sense crime prevention measures. Reassessing your crime prevention routine is an important first step. Ensure your windows are locked as well as doors and make use of security lighting and alarms. Police would also advise householders to refrain from keeping large sums of money in the house.

* Neighbours can also play a part in helping protect the more vulnerable in their community. Residents should try to look out for one another and report ALL suspicious activity to the Police immediately. The non emergency police number is 0845 600 8000. In an emergency dial 999.