THE most senior garda in the Bruff district has issued a warning to the public to be extra vigilant this Easter weekend in terms of car security.
With a large volume of people expected to travel to religious ceremonies by car this weekend, there is an increased opportunity for thieves to strike, according to Superintendent Alan Cunningham of Bruff garda station.
“We would be appealing to motorists to ensure that they don’t leave any valuables exposed in the car,” said Supt Cunningham.
“They should also make sure that their car is locked,” he added.
Supt Cunningham has asked that, where possible, communities take it upon themselves to have somebody supervising the cars in the cars parks at churches while the ceremonies are taking place.
“Perhaps somebody in a yellow fluorescent jacket who would be vigilant in the area while the ceremonies are on. It would certainly be a worthwhile exercise,” he said.
“There are also communions and confirmations coming up so there will be opportunities there for thieves, so it’s important to remain vigilant,” he added.
The warning comes after a number of vehicles have been targeted, particularly in rural areas in recent times.
According to gardai, in many cases, car owners had not locked their cars and property such as laptops, phones, handbags and jackets had been left on open display.
“This makes things all too easy for the criminals who often target a number of cars at one location,” said Sergeant Brian Broderick, the divisional crime prevent officer.
“Property should not be left in unattended cars if at all possible and if it is necessary to leave property in the car, place it in the boot and do so before you park the car,” he added.