MOBILE phone thefts from young people and women have increased, gardaí have confirmed.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said the force has noticed an increase in the theft of mobile phones and issued an appeal to the public to be careful on the streets of Cork city.
“Be sensible and take precautionary measures. Don’t walk home alone after a night out, have company with you and try to stay in well-lit areas,” he said.
Cork’s Chief Supt also said the phone thefts were not violent encounters, but there may have been the threat of violence.
“We are encouraging people to exercise caution over their personal safety. Take care on the streets and be aware of your surroundings,” he said.
The latest Garda figures show that the number of incidents of property crime has risen by 266, compared to this time last year. The highest increases were seen in car theft, interfering with vehicles, with intent to steal item or vehicle, robbery from the person and handling or possession of stolen property.
Theft of a vehicle is up from 86 incidents to 130, an increase of 51%. Interfering with a vehicle is also up 53%, a rise of eight incidents over last year’s figures of 15 reports.
Handling or possession of stolen property rose from 12 incidents to 18, a total of 50% and robbery from the person rose from 17 to 26 incidents, an increase of 50%.
Chief Supt McPolin said the force is closing in on the scourge of car theft and theft of items from cars.
“We will never eliminate it completely, but we are making progress and working on the issues. There have been prosecutions and the issue is being dealt with.”