Said Cllr Cusack: “I have been in contact with a number of residents about the matter and according to reports so far at least one car and one property has been broken into, while a number of others were attempted.
“I’ve been informed that a victim’s neighbour was woken and their dog chased one of the thieves towards the Glen road at approximately 4 am.
“Another resident has recorded footage of the thieves on CCTV which shows them in action at 3.45 am.
“I believe other residents may also have footage and the authorities are dealing with the matter.
“I’m heartened to see the Hatmore community come together to assist in catching the culprits.
“I hasten to add these attacks are happening throughout the City and anyone can be a potential target.
“It’s very worrying and upsetting for anyone who has been the victim of such an attack on their homes or property as regardless of what has been taken, the most valuable is a person’s peace of mind.
“The people who do this obviously have nothing good to offer anyone and do not care who they hurt in their selfish quest.
“I would implore people not to give them a chance, lock everything up tight, update any security especially outside sensor lights and do not leave valuables in cars.
“If anyone has any information or is concerned please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Council through the pcsp offer a home security check for vulnerable or elderly individuals which I would recommend to residents,” she added.