Gardaí out in force to combat burglaries in locality

Gardaí out in force to combat burglaries in locality

Reserve garda Sheila Higgins chatting with Catherine Daly and Nora Jacob near High Street Post Office following recent burglaries in the area. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

Community Gardaí were out and about yesterday in Cork city yesterday providing information to residents after a number of burglaries in recent weeks as part of a summertime safety campaign.

Gardaí were visiting people on Bandon Road, Turners Cross, Tower Street, High Street and Horgan’s Buildings as well as other areas.

Crime Prevention Officer Tony Davis said “We are looking at targeting an area where some burglaries have taken place over the last month.

“The Community Gardaí have been calling to homes and the Post Offices, we also had checkpoints throughout this area during the course of the day.

“The idea is to try and educate and prevent these burglaries from happening.”

Cork City’s Community Policing unit, Stewart Philpott said they got great feedback from the locals, the elderly residents.

“We would ask neighbours to look out for each other, especially when they are going away. If you are going on holidays, just pop next door and let your neighbour know and ask them to watch out for you.

“It is very simple stuff, but it is effective.”

Speaking about the recent burglaries around the city centre, Sergeant Philpott offered this advice: “Turn on lights and close windows. People have a tendency to open windows in the warmer weather and then forget to close them.

“These are basic things, but people forget until it is too late.”

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