Gardaí to meet residents on burglaries

Gardaí to meet residents on burglaries
A generic stock photo of a Garda in Dublin.

A meeting is being arranged between residents of Albert Road and An Garda Siochana in response to a number of attempted burglaries in the area.

Head of Community Policing Stewart Philpott said that the issue was raised last week at the Ballinlough Community Forum which found that as many as five attempted burglaries had taken place in a week along Albert Road.

To combat the problem, Sergeant Philpott said they would be looking at organising extra patrols of the area.

Another issue that was raised at the meeting was burglaries and thefts in the Ballinlough area with a number of lawnmowers, bikes being stolen and items being robbed from cars.

Sergeant Philpott said that it was important for people to invest in the security of their home and take the time to lock up correctly.

“A lot of these crimes are opportunistic. A lot of the time, they don’t have to break into cars or houses, they are left open," he said. 

“I would encourage people to make the job as difficult as possible for these people. If you have a bike, invest in a good lock and make sure your front door lock is secure and sturdy.” 

Another issue the guard said to watch out for was cold callers. 

“If in doubt, don’t answer the door. The genuine guy won’t mind.” 

Ballinlough and Albert Road is one of a number of locations around Cork City that operate a text alert system in conjunction with the guards at Anglesea Street.

Mary Cremin, who looks after the Ballinlough text alerts said it is a very effective system.

“The guards send out texts about things that are happening in the area and it helps us to be aware of what is going on.” 

Sergeant Philpott said they do not give out any specific details but enough information for the local people to be aware of any issues that are going on.

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