A CASTLEDERG councillor has called for a greater police presence in the area following a number of recent burglaries in the town.
Derek Hussey was speaking after two shops were broken in to in the town just three days apart.
In the most recent burglary, Derg Valley Service Station on the Strabane Road was robbed sometime between 10pm on Wednesday (October 24) and 8.45 the following morning.
A window was smashed and a sum of money was taken from the premises.
Meanwhile Hamilton’s Spar had some petty cash stolen after it was targeted by burglars two days before this.
The perpetrators broke into the Spar shop’s office and tried to steal the safe, causing a lot of disruption to the business.
“Obviously there is a great concern in the community, as there appears to be a rise in such incidents,” said Mr Hussey.
“The community would welcome a higher police presence in the area.
“We all realise that there is currently a limitation of resources for local police, but given the current situation, I believe, the area commander will give direction to help assist the community more.”
Mr Hussey added, “I would appeal to anyone with information regarding these incidents in Castlederg, and the recent break in at the church and restaurant in Sion Mills, to notify authorities immediately and to assist in the future prevention of crimes like this and aid the apprehension of those involved.”
Police are appealing for information and asked anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incidents to contact them on 101.
Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.