Brittas swimmers urged to lock up their clothes
Swimmers in Brittas Bay may find themselves ‘going skinny’ on their return from the water if they don’t look after their possession.
For in a new trend in crime at this famous sun worshippers paradise, clothes have actually been stolen while the swimmers enjoyed the water over the past few weeks.
Up to eight incidents have been reported to Wicklow gardai in cases where roving thieves were not just satisfied with the contents in the pockets but took every thread of clothing as well.
In fact, in once incident, a member of the Wicklow force kindly attired a Dublin man with his own spare clothes and shoes to get him back to the city without being arrested for exposure.
Sgt Tony Mahoney has urged the general public to be particularly vigilant with clothes and other valuable possessions while taking a swim.
‘While this has been happening in other places, it is a somewhat new trend to Brittas Bay and I suggest that people should lock their clothes in the boot of their cars before entering the water,’ he said.
Tents have also bee rifled in the Brittas Bay area over the past few weeks and campers are also urged to leave very few valuables lying around when they go out at night.
‘They should certainly take their money with them because this is what the thieves are really after,’ he said.