TWENTY burglaries were reported across Mayfield, Douglas, Glanmire and other parts of the city at the weekend, it has been revealed.
The city's top cop, Chief Supt Barry McPolin, said the burglaries were carried out by a Dublin based gang.
“We had a number of burglaries this weekend and we are convinced a Dublin-based gang was involved in it."
As well as this, Chief Supt McPolin said the force obtained a crucial piece of evidence to help them with their enquiries.
“There was a car crashed up near Glenville, near the Fermoy district, which we think was linked to these burglaries.
“We think this car was involved in these burglaries, the plate of the car was cloned, to another legitimate vehicle, it was a stolen car.”
Chief Supt McPolin described the type of people they believe they are dealing with.
“You have a mix of gangs, they are highly organised, highly mobile and very professional. They know exactly what they are at, they go the least path of resistance, you can never say that they won’t put it up to you physically but they normally go where people are away or asleep.
“They want to get in and out fast, they would be in and out in seconds. they don’t want to draw attention.
“They are slick, they have all the implements they need to break into a house, but alarms are a deterrent, as would be a dog and lights on.”
Cork’s Chief Supt encourage the general public to be vigilant in relation to home security and also to report anything that might seem out of place in their community.
“Any person, who sees anything suspicious in their neighbourhood, such as a strange car pulling up in an estate and two people getting out and another staying there, there is something up there.
“Take the number, ring us, we’ll check them out, if they are legitimate fine, if they are not, bingo.
“We can’t have guards in every area all the time, so ring it in, report it and don’t be afraid to waste our time, we don’t mind checking it out, it could be the break that we need to break the cycle of gangs coming down and committing robberies.”