GARDAI are warning publicans to be vigilant following a number of incidents over the past week during which kegs of beer and stout were stolen from outside pubs in several towns and villages.
According to gardai, the first reported incident happened in Annacotty at around 10.30am on October 24, last.
CCTV footage of the incident shows a man driving a silver or white Ford Transit van pulling up, loading a keg of Heineken into it and driving off.
A similar incident took place at around 8.30am the following day when six kegs of Guinness and five kegs of Heineken were taken from outside a pub in Ballyneety.
A further seven kegs of Guinness and a keg of Fosters were stolen from outside another pub on the same day.
Meanwhile, in Patrickswell three kegs of Heineken, a keg of Guinness and a keg of Fosters were stolen at around 8.30am on Friday, October 26.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in any of the villages on the morning of the thefts is asked to contact any Garda station.
Sgt Brian Broderick, Henry Street, says there has been a significant increase in the theft of kegs in recent weeks,
“This type of theft takes place from time-to-time and the pattern is similar in all cases. Breweries make delivery to pubs in the early morning and the thieves strike very soon afterwards. In some cases full kegs are left outside licensed premises for a number of hours,”
Sgt Broderick is urging publicans to be more proactive in their efforts to prevent such crime.
“Publicans should ensure that a staff member is present to take delivery of the kegs and to either secure them outside the pub or preferably to remove them to a secure location within the premises. I would also advise that good quality CCTV can also act as a deterrent,” he said.