Police urge vigilance in wake of city crime spree

November 19, 2018

Police in Newry are urging residents to remain vigilant after a spate of vehicle break-ins and robberies at a number of locations across the city in recent days. 

Speaking to The Examiner about the crime spree, Sergeant Gracey revealed that police have received eight reports since Tuesday last (13th November) of vehicles throughout Newry being entered and items stolen.  He said the majority of the incidents involved unlocked cars and added that police believe the break-ins are linked.  

Reinforcing crime prevention advice, the police Sergeant urged members of the public to “lock their cars, remove valuables from their cars to a safe place and report any suspicious activity in their area to police immediately.”

Residents of the Hennessy Park area are also on high alert after a property was burgled sometime between Friday 9th and Monday 12th November.  Police say the thieves made off with a sum of cash.   

A resident from the nearby Loughview Park told The Examiner people in the area are very concerned at the recent increase in break-ins and she revealed that a neighbour had captured CCTV footage of a gang of five men tampering with vehicles parked in residential driveways in the area in an effort to gain easy access to them.  

“From what he saw, he told me it looked like a professional operation, with the gang spending just seconds attempting to gain access to vehicles before moving on to the next one.  

“The number of break-ins recently has really unnerved the local community and we will all have to look out for each other, especially in the run up to Christmas when properties are potentially filled with valuable Christmas gifts.”

Newry City Sinn Féin councillor Valerie Harte has also appealed for people to be wary of suspicious activity following the recent crime wave.

She branded the break-ins “completely unacceptable for the community and for those affected.”

“The individuals who carried out these anti community acts have no place within our community. I would urge all residents and the wider communities to be extra cautious and to protect their property and vehicles.

“I would advise all to be alert to suspicious activity or behaviour and to contact the PSNI.”

Police have appealed to anyone with any information which could assist them with their enquiries into these recent thefts to contact officers at Ardmore station on 101.