GARDAI are warning motorists to ensure their cars are properly secure at night following a spike in the theft of alloy wheels from cars.
The warning follows several incidents at locations across the city – the most recent of which happened during the Easter weekend.
According to gardai, on Holy Thursday alone alloy wheels were stolen from outside homes in the Raheen, Ennis Road and Ballycummin Village areas of the city.
Gardai suspect some of the wheels were stolen to order and that others are being sold to car enthusiasts on the black market.
The first incident on Holy Thursday took place at approximately 12.30am outside at a house at Clanmorris Gardens on the Ennis Road.
During that incident a silver alloy wheel was taken from a Toyota Avensis car and investigating gardai say two men were seen leaving the area a short time later carrying the stolen wheel.
A second incident took place at Lower Church Road, Raheen around two hours later when four alloy wheels and tyres were stolen.
However, they were not on a car as they had been left, partially concealed, in the driveway of a house.
Gardai believe the culprit was male and that he was travelling in a silver car, possibly an Audi A4.
The third incident, which happened at an apartment complex at Ballycummin Village, was reported to gardai shortly after 8.30am on Holy Thursday.
“The householder came out in the morning to discover that his car - a Toyota Avensis - was up on four jacks and the four alloy wheels had been stolen,” said crime prevention officer Sgt Brian Broderick.
The thefts over the Easter period are the latest in a string of similar incidents across the city.
Last week, gardai issued an appeal for information after four wheels were stolen from a car which was parked at Londsdale Road in the National Technological Park in Castletroy on March 213, last.
During that incident, the thieves stole three wheels from a Volkswagen Passat as well as a wheel which was in the boot of the vehicle.
Sgt Broderick is advising motorists to select the best possible location to park their car and, where possible, to ensure that the area is well let.
He says car owners should also take whatever security measures they can.
“I would remind people that wheel lock nuts can be purchased from any motor factors, which make the theft of wheels much more difficult. I would also urge those in the motor trade to be alert to any attempt to sell on the stolen wheels,” he said..
Gardai at Mayorstone Park and Roxboro Road garda stations are investigating the most recent incidents and anyone with information is asked to contact their local garda station.