Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and UUP Leader, has called on the entire community “to be on the alert for burglars after a spate of raids in the Ballymena and Broughshane areas of the constituency”.
Assemblyman Swann urged people not just to secure their properties, but to become the “eyes and ears of their neighbours and key watch for any unusual activities or strangers in the localities”.
Mr Swann also urged residents to form police-recognised neighbourhood watches to combat petty crime in the region.
Assemblyman Swann issued his call following reports of five burglaries in the Ballymena/Broughshane area.
These burglaries, three of which occurred in Granville Drive; Woodcroft Hill and Tardree Grove, Ballymena and two in Meadowdale, Broughshane, occurred sometime between 8.45am Monday, 16 April and 1.15am Tuesday, 17 April.
Three men and possibly a female were noted in the Meadowdale area of Broughshane around 10am/12md on Monday, 16 April. One of the men is believed to have been wheeling a small dark suitcase.
PSNI Inspector Michael Simpson would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in any of these areas to contact police at Ballymena.
He would also appeal to the persons seen in Meadowdale area to contact police as they may have information that could assist the investigation. Police can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.
Mr Swann added: “My message to constituents is simple – be alert. If you notice anything suspicious, contact the police immediately. I also encourage communities to form themselves into neighbourhood watches if they have not already done so.”