Gardaí are appealing for vehicle owners to "park smart” following nearly 20 incidents of theft from cars in West Cork from 14th to 22nd September, 2020.
All of the incidents occurred in the Kinsale and Ballinhassig areas. Items such as sunglasses, cash, jewellery and electronics were stolen. In each incident, Gardaí attended to carry out examinations of the scene and conduct enquiries but no arrests have been made to date.
Gardaí are appealing for all vehicle owners to ensure they lock their vehicle no matter where it is parked. Do not store valuables in it, but if you do have to, keep them out of sight.
Speaking today, Crime Prevention Officer for the West Cork Division, Sergeant James O'Donovan said "Unfortunately some of the cars broken into where left unlocked. Criminals will go around trying car doors until they get one that is left unlocked, so let’s not make it easy for them.
"Wherever you park your vehicle, we would always advise you to take your property with you and ensure the vehicle is locked, alarmed and parked in a secure, well-lit location. Try not to leave any valuables in it whatsoever.
"If you do see someone in your area acting suspiciously, day or night, don’t think twice about calling us.”