RESIDENTS in the Bishop Street/Foyle Road area of Derry have been urged to be on the alert for opportunist thieves.
Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue has sounded the warning after she was contacted by a number of local residents who have fallen victim to these thieves.
Councillor Logue said: ‘I was contacted by a number of residents in Foyle Park to say that thieves have been targeting the area in the past week.
“On two occasions attempts were made to steal bikes which were locked up in the rear gardens .The thieves were unsuccessful in one attempt but they damaged all the bike locks.
“Residents are very concerned as this area is a very quiet and a close-knit community.
“These individuals are scoping out areas to look for easy targets, people should secure their property and not make it easy for these criminal gangs.
“Residents should also report anything suspicious that they notice, such as strange vehicles or people in the area and look out for each other.
“Good neighbours are invaluable and are key to putting a stop to these criminal gangs,” added Cllr Logue.