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Tramore Gardai information regarding recent burglaries

28 October 2017 Latest News Local News News


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.

Regarding the burglaries:
  • In the last few weeks we have had a number of burglaries in Tramore town & country.
  • Predominately, these burglaries have occurred in the evening time with entry mainly through windows and front door.
  • Cash and/or jewellery taken in all burglaries.

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%.

 

Crime Prevention Advice

Home safety & security behaviour advice:

  1. Secure all doors and windows.
  2. Light up your home, use timer switches when out.
  3. Store keys safely and away from windows & letterboxes.
  4. Record details of valuables and don’t keep large cash amounts at home.
  5. Use your alarm, even when at home.
  6. It is accepted that marking and recording property is a fundamental step in preventing theft. A UV pen/paint can be used to mark property with a unique mark such as the owner’s Eircode, house number or their name.

Farm security advice:

  1. Restrict access to your yard, install and lock gates.
  2. Ensure your yard is well lit.
  3. Take pictures of your machinery with your unique ID features.
  4. Sign up for Community Text Alerts.
  5. Always report farm thefts to An Garda Síochána.

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.
How to contact An Garda Síochána

If you have any information or suspicious activity to report or you are in fact a victim or a witness to a crime you should report this to An Garda Síochána.

  • You can contact Tramore Garda Station on: 051-391-620
  • Confidential Line: 1800-666-111 (freefone number)
  • Crimestoppers: 1800-250-025 – Crimestoppers is a partnership between private industry and An Garda Síochána. It is aimed at people who have information on crime. It guarantees anonymity and offers cash rewards for information.
  • In the case of an emergency, call 999 or 112
  • You can also contact An Garda Síochána via social media on Facebook & Twitter.

 


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