Gardaí have car thieves in their radar

first_imgNewsLocal NewsGardaí have car thieves in their radarBy admin – February 17, 2011 544 Facebook Linkedin Twitter Email THE increase in the theft of vehicles in recent months can be attributed to two groups of criminals who are currently before the court, according to Chief Superintendent, David Sheehan.A report on crime and traffic for the period November 2010 to January 2011 revealed that incidents of theft, or the unauthorised taking of a vehicle, had increased to 202, from 187 in the same period last year, a rise of 8%.Speaking at the County Limerick Joint Policing Committee meeting, Chief Supt Sheahan said that thieves operating in the Ballinacurra and Garryowen areas had been stealing cars from outside houses.“This is a disturbing trend brought about by groupings in Ballinacurra and Garryowen who have been breaking into people’s houses, stealing their car keys and taking their cars from driveways.“We have identified the groupings and have a number of individuals before the courts”.He advised residents to ensure that their keys were hidden from view when they are at home.“It would be safer for residents to bring their keys to bed with them at night, rather than leaving them on a hook by the door, as we all do”.He explained that a rise in non-aggravated burglary, from 266 to 294 incidents, was also related to the groups.“The rising trend in burglaries is also related to the theft of cars. Criminals are breaking into the houses in search of car keys. The aim is to get the car”.center_img Advertisement WhatsApp Print Previous articleFamily of 18 cramped into two mobile homesNext articleMunster team to face Edinburgh adminlast_img read more