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Garda warning on thefts from unlocked cars

Gardaí are appealing to motorists to park smart, as new figures show that one-third of all vehicles broken into in residential areas had been left unlocked by the owner. Figures from the Garda Analysis Service released today (Tuesday) show that 8,571 vehicles parked at residential locations were broken into between 2015 and 2017. Of those, 2,824 were reported to be unlocked. On average, over €340,000 worth of property was stolen from vehicles each year. Property stolen included cash, laptops, tools, sunglasses, jewellery and sports equipment. The analysis also shows that the most common location for these thefts was in driveways, and that half of the thefts occurred between 12 midnight and 7am. Such thefts are happening throughout the country. Gardaí are appealing for all vehicle owners to ensure they lock their vehicle no matter where it is parked. Do not store valuables in the car, but if you do have to, keep them out of sight. “Wherever you park your …

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Safe Online Shopping campaign

An Garda Síochána in association with the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland and Retail Excellence will launch the S.O.S. (Safe Online Shopping) campaign tomorrow (Tuesday). In advance of Cyber Monday, November 27, the public and retailers are reminded to shop and sell on line safely, making every effort to protect their financial and personal details. Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the Garda Crime Prevention National Centre of Excellence said, “Cyber Monday and the run up to Christmas is a time when increased numbers of consumers go online to get the last minute deal. Shopping on line is safe so long as we use our credit/debit cards correctly. We are asking people to take greater precautions when shopping online then they would if purchasing in the shops.”

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