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It’s frus­trat­ing to hear that bur­glar­ies in our com­mu­nity are still rife.

As some­one who has had their home bur­gled within the past few months, I know how heart­break­ing and dis­tress­ing it feels when some­one in­vites them­selves into your home and helps them­selves to your prop­erty.

While the po­lice and Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port do what they can to as­sist and try to catch the bur­glars, with so many cases in our city the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process can be long and of­ten un­fruit­ful.

It re­ally does pay to lis­ten to po­lice ad­vice and do what you can to pro­tect your home and be­long­ings. Make sure you al­ways lock your doors and win­dows, don’t leave keys in the lock, watch out for your neigh­bours and let them watch out for you. If you can af­ford it, get an alarm sys­tem or se­cu­rity cam­eras fit­ted.

Just don’t think it won’t hap­pen to you be­cause it very well could.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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