Police in Foyle have welcomed the sentence handed down today in relation to 21 year old Bernard Cooke and say they are committed to reducing burglaries in the city and putting more offenders before the courts.
Cooke received a custodial sentence of 32 months in relation to burglaries committed in the city, including break-ins at local churches - St Brigid’s at Carnhill, Pennyburn Chapel and St Mary’s in Ardmore.
Constable Lisa McKernan from the Reducing Offending Unit said: “The community will hopefully feel safer knowing that a prolific burglar is behind bars, particularly one who targeted places of worship as well as peoples’ homes. Burglary is a very emotive crime but it is one we can reduce by working together. Locking doors and windows and keeping an eye out for your neighbours’ properties can all help prevent burglars targeting your street.”
The Reducing Offending Unit is part of a Northern Ireland wide approach to the management of prolific offenders. The G District ROU identifies a number of offenders from across Foyle, Strabane, Limavady and Magherafelt who are causing the most harm within the local communities. The identified offenders are then closely monitored in a number of different ways - by carrying out frequent bail checks, monitoring the behaviour of individual criminals and where we suspect they have been involved in further crime carrying out searches of their person and their property.”
Further advice on home/business security can be found on the PSNI website or by contacting your local Crime Prevention Officer on 0845 600 8000