Cllr. McGinley said: “In recent weeks there has been a spate of thefts from homes, garages and cars across the Ballymagroarty, Hazelbank and Cosquin areas.
It appears some of these crimes result from the thieves being able to open unlocked doors and lift whatever items are most immediately available.
Homes with PVC doors are particularly vulnerable and I would appeal to residents to take extra care over the summer months whilst a lot are off on holidays and to get a neighbour to keep an eye on their home.
Be sure to check all doors and windows as often as possible and reduce the opportunities for your possessions to be stolen. Don’t leave items on show in cars and i would appeal particularly to Taxi drivers to remove their float from their vehicles each night.
The criminals involved in these break-ins and thefts only need a moment and I would urge residents to make it as difficult as possible for them to carry out these acts.”