Sim­ple mea­sures can pro­tect your home

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Of­ten a few sim­ple mea­sures could pre­vent your home be­ing bro­ken into mem­bers of Grey­stones Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee were told last week.

Su­per­in­ten­dant Mick Lerni­han said that the gar­daí had of­ten come across sit­u­a­tions where home­own­ers had left the pa­tio door un­locked or for­got­ten to turn on their alarm mak­ing it much eas­ier for bur­glar­ies to gain en­try.

He also said that many thefts from cars are also pre­ventable if own­ers take just a few min­utes to hide any Sat Navs, mo­bile phones or sun­glasses from view.

In­spec­tor Colm O’Mal­ley said the most com­mon way for thieves to get into a house is through the back of a house where they are less likely to be seen. He also said that in the drier months of the year peo­ple tended to leave win­dows open to air the house and this was akin to an in­vi­ta­tion to bur­glars.

Both men stressed the need for the pub­lic to con­tact them if they no­tice any­thing suspi- cious in the area and In­spec­tor O’Mal­ley said ‘we need in­for­ma­tion. In­for­ma­tion will help us.’

He also said that with the huge num­ber of rental prop­er­ties in the area it was hard for the gar­daí to know who was now liv­ing in the area say­ing pub­lic in­for­ma­tion about this would also as­sist them.

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