Police report fall in number of break-ins, despite 10 cases in just 11 days

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There were a total of ten burglaries in the Carnmoney/Glengormley area between August 22 and September 1, police have confirmed.

The incidents, nine of which occurred in Carnmoney and the other in Elmfield, came at a time when police say the number of break-ins dropped to a 15-year low.

“The recent spate of burglaries in Carnmoney is something police are working hard to address. A range of measures have been put in place including increased targeted anti-burglary patrols and other disruption activity as well as the use of matrix signage to raise public awareness and encourage focus on home security,” a PSNI spokesperson told the Times.

Despite the recent spate of incidents, police say burglary in D District as a whole (Newtownabbey, Antrim, Carrick and Lisburn) is currently at its lowest rate since 1998, and year on year there has been a 13 per cent reduction in the number of reported break-ins.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Stephen Reid said: “In Newtownabbey we recorded nine fewer burglaries in August 2013 than in August 2012. This is as a result of the dedication and hard work of all of the officers serving the area.

“Despite significant extra demands placed on police recently we have demonstrated our continuing commitment to concentrating on crimes that matter to people, like burglary.

“Over the last few weeks we have seen a spate of burglaries occur in the Carnmoney area however we have implemented specific anti-burglary operations, targeted patrolling and will be closely monitoring known offenders to reduce these occurrences. We are also actively engaging with residents and advising them on practical, simple steps to take to protect their homes.”

Meanwhile, police are encouraging people to set up Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in their local area in a bid to combat crimes such as burglary.

At present police are specifically interested in helping residents set up schemes in the Abernethy/Glebecoole/Glendermere and Collinbridge areas.

Collinbridge residents should contact Cons. Hugh O’Neill by emailing hugh.oneill@psni.pnn.police.uk or calling 07825 910441.

Abernethy/Glebecoole/Glendermere residents should contact Cons. Joanne Moore by emailing joanne.moore@psni.pnn.police.uk or calling 07795 152557.