Gardai are warning people to take basic safety precautions - both for themselves and their property
GARDAI in Limerick are appealing to people to take basic safety precautions when out socialising between now and Christmas.
Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Ber Leetch is encouraging revelers to have a plan before they head out.
“Know exactly where you are going and how you will get there and home. Let somebody know where you are going and what time you expect to be home,” she said.
Sgt Leetch says people should also remain in the company of friends and should keep their personal belongings with them at all times.
“Stay with your group but if you are leaving that group make sure somebody knows who you are going with and that you will be OK. Protect your property, that is your wallet, handbag and phone, keep them on you at all times," she added.
Sgt Leetch pointed to a report received by gardai of a phone being snatched from a young lady as she was walking along Henry Street.
"This happened last Thursday at 10 to 6 in the evening. Mobile phones are a very popular Christmas present and young teenagers will receive them but they should also be made aware of the importance of keeping them safely on their person and not to use them while walking on the street and especially when crossing the road," she added.