Tramore Gardai information regarding recent burglaries
Speaking to TCRfm, Sargent Mark Mills confirmed there has been a number of burglaries in the Tramore area in recent weeks. He said that they are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry in relation to the robberies, but also appealed to people in Tramore to remain vigilant, and to report any suspicious activity to them, regardless of how incidental they may think it is, any information you can give would be welcome.
Useful key facts (source Garda Síochána Analysis Service)
- In winter, residential burglaries increase by 25%.
- Residential burglaries increase between the hours of 5pm and 11pm during winter.
- On average 1 in 6 intruders enter through an unsecured door or window.
- Homes that look unoccupied are more vulnerable to burglary.
- The most likely entry point for a burglar is a door – 33% of burglaries take place through the front door and 24% through a rear door. Access through a rear window account for 24%.
Callers to your Door – Bogus Collectors
If a person calls to your door offering you professional trade services or wishing to sell goods you should observe the following:
- Tell the caller that you never employ trades people “cold calling” to your door. Ask for a sales brochure or other documentation that you can subsequently investigate and verify as credible. This should have a contact telephone number, known address and a V.A.T. registered number.
- Be particularly careful where sales documentation only displays mobile contact numbers or incomplete addresses. Telephone directory enquiries can assist in establishing the credibility and bona fides of the company or individual concerned.
- If you are satisfied that the company or individual is credible and you still think their employment is necessary, ask for an itemised written quotation for the services being offered and the names of persons and locations where they have previously worked successfully.
- Never solely rely on the accuracy of the information being proffered. Verify the information yourself.
- Always seek comparable estimates for any services offered from other established reputable companies.
- Never engage a person who insists on cash payments for services offered. Even when employing a reputable company always use a method of payment that is traceable.
- Never leave strangers, even bona fide workers, unsupervised in your home.
- If you think you have become a victim to this type of crime what should you do? Never be embarrassed or ashamed to contact the Gardaí. Do so immediately. Write down all you can remember about what happened to include descriptions of the person(s), their clothing, any peculiarities or distinguishing features and any vehicles used by them. Keep safely any documents they may have given you.
- For those people who may have elderly or vulnerable neighbours or friends, be a good neighbour and advise them of these possible scams. If you suspect that bogus callers or trades people are in your area and appear suspicious or are working in a vulnerable neighbour’s home – never hesitate in contacting the Gardaí immediately.
Genuine trades people will not be offended by any enquiries the Gardaí may make and, indeed, usually welcome them.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
- If you think any caller looks suspicious, don’t let them in! You can tell them you are busy, and get them to call back when someone else is at home with you. Remember, if the person is genuine, they will appreciate your fears and will not mind calling back, or proving who they are.
- Fit a door viewer. Then you can safely see who any caller is, without having to open the door. A door limit enables you to open the door partly, and still maintain some control over entry.
- Official callers should have identification cards. Always ask to see one. Even if the person is dressed as a member of the Garda, you can still ask to see such a card. Treat door to door callers (who are not known to you) with caution.