‘Creeper’ burglary at Glenshesk

POLICE are appealing for information following a report of a creeper burglary on the Glenshesk Road area near Ballycastle on Sunday January 29 when a black Mercedes car was stolen.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has any information regarding the theft is asked to contact police in Moyle on 08456008000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800555111.

A creeper burglary is when thieves will enter your home usually at night time to steal valuables, including the keys to your vehicle. This makes it a great deal easier for criminals to access your car given the technological advances in vehicle designs. Many cars are now almost impossible to start without having a key.

To make it as difficult as possible for anyone to take your car you should:

* Not leave your car keys in open view or an obvious place. Store them away.

* Ensure your car is locked, even if it is parked on your own property.

* Always secure your home and ensure doors and windows are locked so that there are no opportunities for thieves.

* Set your burglar alarm when you go to bed as well as when you leave the house.