Divisional crime prevention officer, Sergeant Ber Leetch.
GARDAI in Limerick are appealing to homeowners to ensure their homes are secure following a recent spike in break-ins.
There was a considerable number of burglaries over the past week – with a significant number of them happening between 5pm and 9pm, gardai said.
“My advice here is to always ensure your home is lit up from 5pm onwards if you are not due home until later,” said divisional crime prevention officer, Sergeant Ber Leetch.
“A simple plug in timer which is available in any hardware shop can be set to turn on lights, TV or a radio and so give the impression of somebody being at home,” she added.
Sgt Leetch says home alarms should also be turned on to deter burglars.
Gardai are also appealing to church-goers not to leave valuables on display in their cars when attending Mass or other religious services.
It follows a number of reports of cars being broken into outside churches over the past week.
“This, of course, will shock some people but the advice is to leave nothing on view in your car and park it in a well lit up area or an area with plenty of passers-by,” said Sgt Leetch.