Gardaí are asking people to “park smart” by locking their vehicle following 37 thefts from vehicles in Cork City and Mallow recently.

Between June 15 and June 18, 2020 Gardaí received 29 reports of vehicles being broken into in the Douglas, Blackrock and Gurranabraher areas. On the night of June 21, Gardaí received a report of 8 vehicles being broken into in Mallow.

In these incidents, Items such as sunglasses, electronics and cash was stolen from the vehicles.

In each incident, Gardaí attended and carried out examinations of the scene and conducted enquires but no arrests have been made to date.

Previously An Garda Síochána have highlighted the need for greater awareness around leaving valuables in vehicles, and most importantly, about locking them securely.

From 2016-2019 over €30 million worth of items stolen from vehicles.

Gardaí are appealing for all vehicle owners to ensure they lock their vehicle no matter where it is parked. Do not store valuables in it, but if you do have to, keep them out of sight.

Community Engagement Inspector, Gary McPolin said: “Unfortunately a high proportion of the vehicles broken into last week were left unlocked. Let’s not make it easy for these criminals, make sure to lock you vehicle every time.

“Wherever you park your vehicle, we would always advise you to take your property with you and ensure the vehicle is locked, alarmed and parked in a secure, well-lit location. Try not to leave any valuables in it whatsoever.

“If you do see someone in your area acting suspiciously, day or night, don’t think twice about calling us.”

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