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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Spate of thefts sparks safety fears on Barrow Island

RESIDENTS in Barrow who have turned to Facebook to report crimes in their neighbourhodd are being urged to instead contact the police.

Sergeant Ian McClymont made the plea after Barrow Island locals claimed they were living in fear after a spate of break-ins.

The officer said there had been two reported burglaries in the area this year and they had upped patrols.

But he added reports of a man trying doors on Monday had not been reported to police, but had been shared on Facebook among residents.

Sgt McClymont said: “There are no incidents where violence has been used in any way. The two burglaries were at properties that were left insecure and a purse and a wallet stolen.

“This is someone ratching around until they find an unlocked door. They want money quickly so again its pushing home the message ‘Lock it or Lose It’. Lock your doors and stop opportunist thieves.

“If you see someone acting suspiciously call the police don’t talk about it on Facebook. In this case there was a good description and location so we could have apprehended him.”

One Barrow Island resident who doesn’t want to be named said women with children were frightened and locals were warning each other to make sure their homes were secure.

He said they were holding a resident’s meeting last night and putting together a petition to get something done.

He added: “It’s been going on for a few weeks now the break-ins and we are sick of it. We are actually warning each other in the street to remind people to lock their doors.

“I have lived on the island for a long time and I have never seen anything like this.”

Sgt McClymont said the main two points he wanted to get across were that people should always make sure their homes were secure and if they had any concerns to report them to police straight away rather than talking on social networks.

“There is nothing for people to be scared about. Just take simple safety measures and don’t be afraid to call us if you see something suspicious,” he said.

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