GARDAI are appealing to members of the public to be vigilant when withdrawing cash from ATMs between now and Christmas.
Many people will be withdrawing more cash than normal over the next few weeks as they are out socialising or doing their Christmas Shopping.
“We would advice people while out and about during the busy Christmas period to be more vigilant while taking cash out of ATM machines as there has been a lot of complaints in relation to people interfering and distracting people while they are using these machines,” said Garda Donal Meade of the Community Policing section at Henry Street garda station.
“Always cover the ATM machine while inputting your pin number and always look over your right and left shoulder to see who is watching,” he said adding that anyone who notices any suspicious activity in the vicinity of cash machines should report it to the gardai.
Homeowners are also being warned to make sure their homes are properly secured over the Christmas season.
The warning comes as figures released this week show their were more than 200 reported burglaries in Limerick during the third quarter of this year.
According to the figures, there were 206 reported burglaries in Limerick city and county during August, September and October.
“Shut and lock all doors, even if you’re only going out for a short time and close and lock all windows too,” said Garda Meade who added that homeowners should not hide keys outside their homes or leave them in an obvious place near doors or windows.
“Ensure your home looks occupied when you’re away by using timers on radios and lights and do not keep large amounts of cash in the home and keep any jewellery safe, hidden and locked away,” he said.