GARDAÍ are urging people to lock their cars after a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Cork city this week.
Nine cars in the Douglas area and one in the Blackrock area were targeted by opportunist thieves on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
In all instances, the cars were unlocked.
In one case, there were three cars outside one home left unlocked.
Although some of the cars had nothing of value in them, thieves struck it lucky in some, managing to steal cash, a wallet and cigarettes.
House keys were also stolen from one car.
In the case where the wallet was stolen, bank cards and other valuable items were taken.
Superintendent Michael Comyns appealed to people to prevent opportunist thieves by always locking vehicles.
Gardaí advise motorists to always ensure their vehicles are locked and to never leave valuable items in them when unoccupied.
They also advise motorists to park in a secure, well-lit location and to have the vehicles alarmed.
In some incidents in the past year, debit cards that were stolen were used in contactless transactions.
Figures from the Garda Analysis Service show that from January 2016 to last December, 46,582 vehicles were broken into across the country.
In 8,157 cases, the vehicle was reported to have been unlocked.
There were 12,343 vehicles broken into outside homes, of which 3,833 were unlocked.
According to the analysis, the most common time for such thefts is between midnight and 6am.