Warning over spate of car burglaries across Cork

Warning over spate of car burglaries across Cork
Chief Supt Barry McPolin.

GARDAÍ have warned of a new spate of car break-ins across the city and suburbs after 24 vehicles were targeted within a few days.

The wave of break-ins took place in Carrigaline, Douglas, Lehenaghmore in Togher and Mount Oval in Rochestown.

Details of the 24 break-ins were revealed at the joint policing committee meeting in City Hall yesterday.

Chief Supt Barry McPolin said people were still not heeding warnings to lock their vehicles.

Of the 24 break-ins, 20 of the cars were left unlocked and, in one case, a woman’s handbag was visible inside the car when the thieves struck.

Crime prevention officer Sergeant Tony Davis said: “Everywhere people are leaving their cars open. Clearly, they are not listening. We had a big campaign around it and still it is happening.

“So until people are victims themselves, they don’t learn. It is very frustrating.”

Sgt Davis added: “We are constantly getting the message out there and we keep coming across instances where people have left their car open.”

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said
gardaí have had some success in relation to joyriding and thefts from cars in recent months.

He said a number of juveniles were arrested
as part of a clampdown on car thefts and break-ins.

In some cases, the youths had broken into cars, found keys, and then proceeded to break into the homes of the car owners.

Gardaí were particularly targeting a gang of suspected joyriders who had been responsible for a number of car thefts and joyriding
incidents across the northside of the city.

“We have made a number of arrests under
Operation Joyrider over the past two months. There are a number of people before the courts,” Chief Supt McPolin said.

Meanwhile, Chief Supt McPolin also informed the joint policing committee of plans to beef up community policing across the city.

He said communities will see a greater
on-street Garda presence to help tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour.

Two extra sergeants and 22 gardaí are being appointed to the community policing unit.

They will be assigned to Mayfield, Gurranabraher, Anglesea St and Togher stations.

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