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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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