AROUND 20 cars were broken into or stolen in the Sundays Well area over Christmas and an “unprecedented number” of vehicles have been left unlocked in recent months, Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin has revealed.
Chief Supt McPolin highlighted the rising trend of car thefts and thefts from car at today's Cork County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting.
The annual figures for Cork city, north Cork and West Cork were unveiled, showing a substantial increase of thefts from vehicles in the city and in West Cork.
In Cork city, the number of thefts from vehicles went up 69 incidents, from 612 in 2018 to 681 in 2019 and in West Cork, from 80 to 94.
Chief Supt McPolin said that the increases were due to the gardaí's Operation Joyrider which had been in place for the past 12 months, targeting and monitoring suspects who were stealing from cars at night.
“Around this time last year, we noticed visiting gangs from outside of Cork city, visiting various towns and villages in Cork North and Cork West and suffice to say, working with the city, we put together a task force called Operation Joyrider.
“We have had quite an amount of success in preventing these types of incidents from happening.
"We were monitoring suspects and targeting suspects and quite a few people were arrested and brought before the courts.”
Chief Supt McPolin said there were a number of people presently serving sentences, others had recently completed a sentence and more who were awaiting court proceedings.
Others were being dealt with through the Juvenile Liaison Office (JLO).