THE chairman of Cork City FC has warned people to be vigilant and to ensure their cars are locked, especially in the run up to Christmas.
Declan Carey, who lives in the Blarney Road area on the northside of the city caught two men on CCTV attempting to gain access to his car on Wednesday night.
The incident happened at around 11:30pm, when he was still awake, and was caught on a discreet camera at the front of the house.
“It’s crazy when you think about it, I was probably on my phone at the time. Wednesday night I didn’t get to sleep until about 1am,” he told The Echo.
“It looks from the video like they tried to force the door open by yanking the handle. I’m currently renovating the house so I had a toolbox in the back of the car and a couple of bits and pieces for the house. They must have just spotted something in the back. You can see in the video one guy calls the other over to ask ‘what do you think that is, is it worth taking?’,” he added.
One of his neighbours reported the men’s presence to the gardaí, and Declan posted a video of the incident on Twitter in an attempt to warn people to keep their valuables secure.
“It’s frightening really when you think about it. I just put out the tweet because it’s Christmas and everyone should just lock up and be careful. It’s just horrendous that this kind of thing is going on,” Declan said.
“I’m renovating the house at the moment. The last thing I need is someone smashing my car window or taking something for no good reason. Christmas is a tough time for everyone financially as well, these kind of things are just headaches people can do without,” he added.
It’s not the first time something like this has happened to Declan. About two years ago someone did manage to gain access to his car and personal items were taken, while there was some damage done to the door. It was reported to Garda at the time but the man couldn’t be identified.
Following his post on Twitter, Declan was contacted by another man from Douglas who said it had been happening there too.
“The message is be safe and lock up. Lock your doors, your car, get an alarm and get a camera as well. I got that camera a few years back and I’ve had to use it twice. It cost me a couple of hundred quid but it’s worth it for peace of mind,” Declan said.