Thieves make suck­ers out of car own­ers

July 2009

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

The ad­vice to mo­torists - keep the in­side of your wind­screen clear of sucker marks!

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.

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