Six urban areas in Cork have been identified by Gardaí as probable burglary hotspots during the winter period.
The areas that are most liable to burglary are Ballincollig, little Island, Grange, Glanmire, Ballyvolane and Carrigaline. These hotspots will see more of a Garda presence with Gardaí patrolling the areas and checkpoints will be in place, randomly throughout the next few months.
At a meeting of the Cork City (JPC) Joint Policing Committee those in attendance were told of the increase of 7% in property related crime from January to October of this year. Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Tony Davis stated that procedures were being taken to reduce the number of burglaries in these hotspot areas.
These zones and other high risk regions will be targeted in the coming weeks for greater Garda presence. Cork has seen an increase in burglaries between October and December over the last three years.
“Between 6pm and 10pm on a Friday and a Saturday night, 18.7% of all burglaries took place, which gives us an opportunity to target that window in those areas.”
Work has begun on combatting the crime in these areas and there has been a 20% spike in crimes of this nature during the darker periods of the year said Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin. The Chief continued by stating that a rise in the number of cases of house and cars keys “fished” through letter boxes was also seen during this period. He advised the public to be wary of leaving keys near the front door.
He outlined some safety tips to discourage burglaries:
"Make sure that doors and windows are locked and use sensor lights. Don't keep large amounts of cash at home and, for those who have one, use an alarm when you are at home and when you are out. You would be amazed at the number of people who don't use an alarm, despite having one."
He urged anyone who sees suspicious activity to contact their local Garda station.
We further encourage all our customers to always set their alarm in stay mode when home and to the away mode when leaving your home.
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