Cookstown burglaries - Police to step up patrols

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Cookstown burglaries - Police  to step up patrols thumbnailCCTV of the suspect following the robbery of a Bakery in Cookstown earlier this year

EXTRA Police patrols are to be put in place in Cookstown after traders' concerns at the growing number of burglaries and thefts in the town centre.

Their call for more Police presence follows a catalogue of burglaries and thefts in the Burn Road, William Street and James Street areas of the town in recent months

One local trader told the Courier: "The number of burglaries in this town is quite staggering and Police must take some sort of concrete action.

"I believe Police patrols should be stepped up and more foot patrol introduced to the town centre. The Police Station is only around the corner!"

The latest incident occurred on Monday 23rd April when the SuperValu supermarket and Post Office on Burn Road were burgled in the early hours of the morning

In February Police issued a similar warning to motorists and shopkeepers following a spate of criminal damage and thefts in the Burn Road area of the town.

A total of five vehicles were broken into in the area and items stolen and money stolen.

In addition burglaries were carried out to a The Coffee Dock and a hairdressers on Burn Road, when a sum of of money was taken.

Commercial premises in the William Street area of Cookstown were also burgled in February.

The following month McGlaughlin's Coffee House and Bakery at James Street was broken into and a sum of cash stolen.

CCTV recorded the incident.

The growing number of burglaries in Cookstown and further afield resulted in Fermanagh/South Tyrone UUP MLA Rosemary Barton meeting Police chiefs to voice her concern.

But no sooner was the meeting over, than the latest burglary (at the time of going to Press) took place at SuperValu at Burn Road.

As a result Police have promised extra patrols in the town and have also issued crime prevention advice to business owners in Cookstown town centre and say anyone requiring further information should contact the Cookstown Crime Prevention Officer, Sheila Henderson.

When the Mid-Ulster Courier put the traders' concerns to Police, Inspector Smith confirmed to the Courier that extra patrols would be put in place.

Stated the Inspector in a statement to the Mid-Ulster Courier: "Police work closely with local businesses in the area to promote crime prevention measures and awareness of criminal activity which could affect their livelihood.

"We are aware of businesses in Cookstown being targeted and are putting in place extra patrols to try and tackle this.

"In recent weeks we have also seen increased reports of thefts from vehicles at parking facilities in the area and while we are investigating those incidents and putting in place extra patrols we are also asking drivers to take some personal responsibility.

"Opportunistic criminals will go for the quick win so that means targeting the car that has a handbag or a tablet or even cash lying in plain view. Van drivers can be an easy target if thieves believe they can walk off with expensive tools so make sure you remove anything that is of value before leaving it for the day or overnight."


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