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Posted on Friday 18 November 2022
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A man has appeared at court charged with two burglaries in Darlington.

The incidents happened on the night of Monday, October 31 in the Burnet Drive and Bourne Avenue areas of the town.

Metin Ucarcan was arrested in connection with the incidents and charged with two counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

The 30-year-old appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he was remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on December 16. He did not enter any pleas.

As the winter nights set in, residents are reminded to keep their homes as secure as possible.

The following tips can help reduce the chance of your home and vehicle becoming a target for criminals:

  • Lock all windows and doors – even if you’re at home.
  • Ensure no items are on display and remove valuables from your vehicle each night.
  • If you have elderly neighbours keep an eye on them.
  • A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in.
  • Leave a light on or use timer switches so lights come on when it gets dark.
  • Don’t leave your house and vehicle keys in the lock or on a side table in view of a window, making it easy for a thief to fish them through your letterbox.
  • Don’t leave curtains closed during the day, only in the evening and overnight.
  • If you have a house alarm, use it.
  • In addition, secure any outbuildings and gates and consider installing a security light and/or CCTV.
  • Report any unusual behaviour to us.

To report anything suspicious in your area call Durham Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.


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