PARENTS and committee members who had parked their cars outside a playschool in Kilfinane were the victims of cheeky thieves who stole cash and handbags from their vehicles.
Three cars were broken into on Wednesday, January 4 between 8pm and 9pm outside a playschool at Ballyroe Lower, Kilfinane while parents and committee members were attending a meeting inside.
“The owners of the cars are involved with the playschool and they were there at a meeting. Their property was left in the car. There was cash and handbags taken from all three cars,” a garda spokesperson explained.
Gardai are appealing to home and car owners to ensure that their property is safety secured and out of the view of the public.
“If you have property keep it safe, keep it locked away and out of view,” said the garda spokesperson.
Local county councillor David Moloney who is from Kilfinane said the marked increase in the number of robberies in local communities is “of great concern to us all”.
“You would obviously hope that garda numbers would stay at a standard figure and that small rural areas would be catered for as well as central urban areas but that’s not the way it seems to be going at the present time,” said the Labour councillor in relation to the moratorium on garda recruitment.
“I believe that a garda presence is a huge deterrent to crime and if there is no garda presence then are you just opening a route for more crime,” he added.