Gardaí have issued advise for people who may be away from home over the New Year’s holidays on how to protect their home from burglaries.
There have been an alarming number of burglaries at homes in Galway over the Christmas period, striking quickly when people are out.
Galway Senator Ollie Crowe said that 14 homes in the Carnmore and Claregalway areas were broken into in the space of just ten days.
Gardaí advise that if leaving your home unoccupied, to take the following steps:
Leave on some lights or using timer switches to give the impression someone is at home.
Ask a trusted neighbour or family member to conduct frequent checks of the property.
Ensure all doors and windows are locked the house alarm is set.
Keep all gates and outbuildings closed and locked.
Safely store away ladders, tools, wheelie bins etc.
Don’t post status updates while you’re still away on social media.
People can also help to look out for their neighbours who are away by keeping your eyes open, and reporting any suspicious persons or vehicles to An Garda Siochana.
For further information check the Garda website: https://www.garda.ie/en/crime-prevention/securing-your-home/