The would-be thief tried to 'fish' the car keys off the hall table
GARDAI are reminding homeowners of the importance of keeping their car keys out of sight - particularly at night.
Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Ber Leetch is warning that criminals "will literally try to fish through the letterbox
using a fishing rod, in an attempt to pick up car and house keys lying on a hall table."
One recent incident is being highlighted publicly to raise awareness of the issue.
"Last Thursday, November 18, just before eleven o’clock at night, a lady in her early twenties thought she heard a sound at her front door in Clonlara. She went to see what it was and disturbed a male who was trying to fish her car keys out of her letterbox using a fishing rod," said Sgt Leetch.
The culprit ran as soon as he realised the woman had spotted him.
"It is always better to put your car keys in a drawer or press but definitely out of sight of your windows or door as gardai also know that criminals will look into a home to check if there is anything worth stealing and easy to grab," added Sgt Leetch.
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