Covid-19 lockdown: Gardaí increase patrols near vulnerable Cork city businesses

Covid-19 lockdown: Gardaí increase patrols near vulnerable Cork city businesses
Sergeant Mick O’Connell, Community Policing, Cork City Division An Garda Síochána at Oliver Plunket Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

GARDAÍ in Cork City have identified key businesses which are now being patrolled to prevent them being targeted by criminals while they are closed because of Covid-19.

The businesses include electrical and department stores, with a key focus being placed on businesses which have been targeted by criminals in the past.

Crime prevention officer Sergeant Tony Davis said the businesses are being targeted with night time patrols.

He said: “We have a list of key vulnerable businesses in Cork City and around the suburbs, and have looked at the pattern of break-ins over the years. We have tailored our patrols around those areas, particularly at night.”

Sgt Davis said: “If you consider that people have spent their whole lives building up their businesses and they feel vulnerable because they are now left unoccupied.”

He urged business owners to ensure all alarm systems are working properly and that there is a proper back up such as a monitoring station.

Sgt Davis stressed that if an alarm is activated, business owners should not attend at the scene without getting the assistance of gardaí.

He said: “Look for the gardaí’s assistance right away. Ring Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 4522000 and tell them that there has been an alarm activation. Meet the gardaí somewhere away from the premises.”

He also said that remote access to a CCTV system at a business is very important as it gives the business owner a way to see what is going on at the premises if there is an alarm activation.

And he said: “In premises like cafes around the city centre, leave the tills open and have no cash in them.”

Sgt Davis also said that businesses with valuable items should ensure the valuables are stored in a secure part of the premises.

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