Limerick gardai issue advice to young and old after phone snatch and bogus calls

Gardai in Limerick have issued crime prevention advice to the young and old

Gardai in Limerick have issued crime prevention advice to the young and old

GARDAI in Limerick have issued crime prevention advice for ‘the young and old’ after incidents of phone snatching and bogus calls.

Gardai issued advice about safe mobile phone use after a 17-year-old suffered a phone snatching in the city.

A spokesperson said that the incident took place last Thursday, January 11 at 3.50pm.

“A girl was standing on Broad Street using her phone when a man on a bicycle approached her from behind and snatched the phone from her hand and he then continued cycling along Broad Street,” said the spokesperson.

“The advice here is to always be aware of your surroundings and do not use your phone unless you are in a safe place. A phone can be very valuable but either way it is of value to you so protect it and learn your IMEI number,” they added.

Each phone has a unique number and it can be found by dialling *#06# to tel you the 15 digit number. If your phone is stolen and you report it to your service provider the phone can be disabled and so is useless for resale, the garda spokesperson explained.

Meanwhile, the other piece of crime prevention advice is in relation to bogus callers “who seem to plague the elderly”, said the spokesperson.

On January 10 around 12 noon, a lady in her early 70s who lives in the Corbally area opened her door to two men, explained gardai.

“They offered to clean her gutters for €40 and then proceeded to the back of her house. A short time later they returned for payment and demanded €750 as they claimed to have done extra work, the lady paid out the €750 and they left. Now the lady felt threatened by them and of course this is why they call to homes of older and more vulnerable people,” said the spokesperson.

“The crime prevention advice here is do not open your door to anybody unless you know them and know exactly why they are there. Tell them to go away and then call the gardai. Call a neighbour or friend close by if they don’t go but do not open the door, talk to them through the closed window.

“Some people are reluctant to call the gardai but by calling you give us the chance to meet these bogus callers and also to caution other vulnerable people about what is going on in their area,” added the spokesperson.