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Occupants left shaken after attempted burglaries at Portadown homes

Police are asking local people to be vigilant following recent reports of burglaries in Portadown.

The incidents include two attempted burglaries in the Clounagh Park area and a burglary in the Lurgan Road area of the town.

Inspector Leslie Badger said: “We received a report just after 6am yesterday morning, Wednesday 20 May, of damage to a window frame of a house at Clounagh Park.

“This happened at some stage overnight and is believed to have been an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry to the house.

“When investigating this incident, officers became aware of a second attempted burglary.This was at a neighbouring house and also took place overnight.

“A further report was received of a burglary of a house on the Lurgan Road.

“It’s believed this took place at some stage between 10am and 5pm on Wednesday. In this case, several items have been reported stolen, including a laptop and sum of money.

“Each incident has, understandably, left the occupants shaken. And I am appealing to anyone with information, or who spotted any suspicious activity in the areas, to contact us on 101. Anyone with information on the Clounagh Park incidents should quote reference number 279 of 20/05/20, and with regard to the Lurgan Road please quote 1677 of 20/05/20.

“I am encouraging local people to report any suspicious activity to us – no matter how insignificant it may seem. The report of a suspicious vehicle or person acting strangely can be invaluable.

“Please make security part of your daily routine. Close and lock all doors and windows, even if you are only popping out for a few minutes.

“Leave a light on if it will be dark before you get home. And consider security lights. To a burglar, a dark house is an empty house. Please also keep a look out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours, and check on them regularly.

“Report any suspicious activity or concerns to 101 and in the case of an emergency please call 999.”

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