Support police in crime fight

Your report that figures released by the RCIPS reveal that in the first few months of 2009 burglaries have increased by a whopping 60 per cent, is a great cause for public alarm and decisive action.

We applaud the dedicated efforts by the RCIPS to effectively combat this spate of break-ins. However, residents can and must absolutely endeavour to do more to make ourselves less vulnerable to these crimes.

Generally, we do not want our homes and places of business to give the appearance of a prison environment with burglar bars all around. But, essentially, we have to do whatever it takes to protect ourselves and our property.

No one is invulnerable to crime – whether we are being mugged on the street or having the security of our homes and businesses violated.

In order to effectively combat burglary, we have to think like the burglar who selects his target that will present the best and easiest opportunity to break in. Therefore, let us not throw caution to the wind by failing to ensure all possible points of entry into our building are secured to the fullest extent.

Today, there is a wide variety of anti-burglary locks and other security devices that are available to home and business owners to effectively secure their premises. A reliable security alarm system to alert law enforcement of a possible break-in is a very good investment and deterrent.

Let us fully support the ongoing efforts of the RCIPS and do all we can to drastically reduce and hopefully eradicate these criminal activities.

Geoff Daniels