Garda alert over series of Limerick car thefts

Limerick Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Ber Leetch

LIMERICK Gardaí have advised people to be more conscious of home security after a BMW car was stolen in Bruree when an unlocked front door allowed burglars access the car keys left on a windowsill inside.

Another BMW was taken on Shelbourne Avenue in Limerick City after a thief got in through an unsecured front window and took the car keys.

According to Limerick Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Ber Leetch, the two incidents were  part of a string of vehicle thefts in recent weeks.

“A VW Jetta was taken from the Cratloe Road in Limerick City after a woman left her front door unlocked and the keys of her car on the mantelpiece.

“A Jeep was stolen in Rhebogue. The thief walked in through an unlocked front door, took a handbag, the keys of the jeep were in the handbag and they drove off in it,” Sgt Leetch said.

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“Some homeowners are not checking that their doors and windows are locked and secured overnight or when they are out of the house.

“Criminals walk around houses at night, looking in windows for something worth stealing. If they see something, they check for unlocked windows and doors, walk in and help themselves,” she explained.