GARDAI have issued an alert to home owners in Limerick city after a spate of burglaries in which front door locks were forced.
In recent days this method was used to break into homes in Monaleen, Annacotty, Ballinacurra Garden, Dooradoyle and Caherdavin, with the intention of stealing cars – and unfortunately, with some success.
“Entry is gained by forcing the barrel lock on the front door. In all of these burglaries the keys of household cars are targeted with the intention of stealing a car,” explained Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt Justin McCarthy, Henry Street.
Gardai are advising the public to use “anti snap barrel locks” in front and rear doors, which reduce the risk of this type of forced entry.
In the past number of weeks gangs have been forcing the locks with success. Last week they succeeded in taking car keys and stole cash and items including the family car in a burglary at Carrig Midhe Corbally, between 2.15am and 6.45am.
This week Roxboro Road gardai arrested two young people after an early hours burglary at a home in Ballinacurra Gardens. The keys of the car were taken and the car driven away by the culprits and later recovered by gardai in Westbury. The two young men are to appear before the courts.
This Monday between 2am and 6am culprits gained entry and stole a 151 L registered Renault Clio and a TV, Laptop, Playstation, Xbox from a house at Westfields, NCR. The back door of the house was forced to gain entry. The car is still missing.
Mayorstone gardai are investigating three burglaries all in the early hours of Thursday morning, November 26.
The lock was popped on a patio door of a home on North Circular Road, but the gang fled when the house alarm went off. At 5.30am at nearby Fernhill, two intruders got in by a patio door. Two wallets were stolen along with the household car, which was later recovered.
And at Milford Haven, North Circular Road, burglars got in by the patio door of a house and stole two mobile phones and two laptops.