‘A honeypot for shoplifter gangs’
GARDA WARNING ON BRIDGEWATER CENTRE
A GARDA Superintendent has likened Bridgewater Shopping Centre in Arklow to ‘something of a honeypot’ to shoplifters.
Speaking at a meeting of Arklow Joint Policing Committee Supt. Paul Hogan said that criminals travel from Dublin to Arklow on a regular basis to steal.
‘People are coming down especially to steal, sometimes in groups. The majority of thefts from shops take place in the Bridgewater Centre and it is something of a honeypot. While there have been a number of arrests it is a sign of the economic times we are in. Before it might have been one item but now we see an increase in the value of goods stolen as there is a ready market for them,’ he said.
A total of 21 such incidents have been reported in Arklow since the beginning of 2014 compared with 13 in the same period last year.
The Bridgewater Centre in Arklow.