During the summer months there usually is an increase in crime levels for a number of reasons. One of the main factors is that whilst people are away on holidays their home is left unattended. Despite having security alarms and neighbours keeping a watch etc. there is still a risk.
I would advise all residents to ensure that their doors and windows are closed and locked at night and when people are out during the day. I would also advise that as cars and their contents are being targeted, people should ensure they are not leaving valuables in their cars or where perspective thieves will see them.
There have been a number of break-ins in the Steelstown and Shantallow areas in the past month during which the keys of cars have been taken and items such as laptops.
Over the summer I would also urge local people to secure all their belongings particularly in garden sheds, outhouses and garages.Which are easy targets for criminals. And call on any resident who sees anyone acting suspiciously to contact the police straight away.