COMMUNITY ALERT: PREVENT CHRISTMAS ‘SMASH AND GRAB’ THIEVES – KELLY
Motorists in Derry have been warned against leaving valuables and presents in cars as they go about Christmas shopping.
Sinn Féin Cityside Councillor Colly Kelly said the next couple of weeks would be very busy with people out and about doing their Christmas shopping in Derry but it would also be a time when criminals saw it as an opportunity to target parked cars for “smash and grab thefts.”
He particularly warned about leaving cars in poorly lit side streets or badly lit car parks where there wasn’t many people about.
He added: People will often leave presents or belongings sitting on seats to go into shops or cafes and think it will be ok to leave it for a few moments.
Cllr Kelly concluded: “I would urge everyone to take precautions and lock any valuables in the boot of their car. It’s better to take that extra few moments for security than let someone’s Christmas be ruined.”