Thieves make suckers out of car owners
THIEVES are making suckers out of tourists and hill walkers at scenic spots in the county which are experiencing an upsurge in opportunistic crimes.
A Garda spokesman said there had been ‘quite a number’ of thefts from cars left unattended for hours by hillwalkers and tourists at spots including Laragh, Sally Gap and Glendalough.
He said that even people who show caution by removing their sat navs from their windscreens, cannot escape the cunning thieves.
‘People take their sat navs out of their windows, but the thieves know that there’s probably a sat nav in the car somewhere when they see the sucker marks on the windscreen,’ he told this newspaper.
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Wicklow’s scenic tourist spots are being specifically targeted for ‘smash and grab’ thefts, amounting to thousands of euro in petty robberies and criminal damage each week.
Tourists and hill walkers at Laragh, Sally Gap and Glendalough, return to their cars to find windows smashed and satellite navigation systems and stereos removed from their vehicles.
The vehicles are left for hours on end by walking enthusiasts, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves.
‘We’ve had quite a number of thefts from unattended cars owned by hillwalkers and tourists at Wicklow’s scenic spots,’ a spokesperson for the Wicklow Gardai said this week.
He noted that even people who show caution by removing their sat navs from their windscreens, cannot escape the cunning thieves.