GARDAI have launched a major intelligence-led operation in an effort to combat the number of burglaries being committed at homes across Limerick city and county.
The latest CSO figures show there were 313 reported burglaries within the Limerick division during the first quarter of this year.
Earlier this month garda commissioner, Martin Callinan, announced there would be a national operation targeting burglaries and Operation Bliain has been rolled out locally.
A number of cars were stopped and searched during a major checkpoint which was set up as part of Operation Bliain on Thursday morning. Gardai from a number of different units, including the traffic corps and drugs squad, took part in the operation which was put in place at the Rosbrien Interchange on the outskirts of the city.
The head of the Limerick garda division, Chief Supt Sheahan, says the public can help gardai combat burglaires by reporting any suspicious activity in their locality.
â€œThe biggest way the public can assist us is if they see cars in their area that they are not happy with or else they are suspicious about they should contact their neighbourhood watch co-ordinators or community coordinators and make sure that information comes into the garda station,â€ he told Live 95FM.
Chief Supt Sheahan says all calls will be treated in confidence and he says the garda TETRA radio system, which went live two years ago, is totally secure.
â€œPeople need not be afraid to contact us anymore and we will get the message out to the people on the ground to ensure that those cars which the community believe are acting suspiciously in their areas are targeted for special attention,â€ he said.