Gardaí issue URGENT warning to Irish homeowners

6th Nov 17 | News

Gardaí have issued an urgent warning to homeowners to be extra vigilant following a spate of burglaries by travelling gangs over the last month. 

The gang, who are believed to be from Dublin, are said to have stolen tens of thousands of euro in a series of burglaries in Cork and more robberies have also been reported in the Laois area.

According to The Irish Times, Supt Mick Comyns of Mayfield Garda station in Cork said the gang was using high-powered cars to drive from the greater Dublin area and target homes in Cork when the homeowners are out.

Comyns explained:

“Last Friday, for example, they did six break-ins here – three in Little Island, one in Cobh, one in Glanmire and one in Ballyvolane – all between 4pm and 9pm so they move very quickly.

They may be using local knowledge to scout out what homes are unoccupied but all the houses they are targeting are vacant at the time and they usually strike in the evening, from 4pm until 9pm.

Since October 8th in Mayfield Garda district we have had 40 burglaries with the thieves forcing either windows or doors to get in and make off with either cash or jewellery or both – nothing else.”

As the gang are also stealing safes, homeowners are urged to make sure they are secured or bolted to a floor or wall.