Extra vigilance urged following multiple car thefts across Limerick City’s northside

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GARDAÍ are urging people in the northside of Limerick City to be extra vigilant after a number of car-related thefts were reported late last month.

On Thursday (November 30), a woman in her 30s parked her car in the North Circular Road area. When she returned to her car, she discovered that her driving licence, Revolut card, some cash. and a One4all gift card were missing.

According to Limerick Gardaí, the previous night (Wednesday November 29), a woman in her 20s parked her car in the Clareview area. The following morning she discovered that her purse had been stolen because she forgot to lock her car.

The same night, another woman in her mid-20s parked her car in the South Circular Road area, and returned to find that a laptop and laptop bag, a bluetooth transmitter, her purse and €40 in cash, along with all her cards had been taken.

Sergeant Ber Leetch, Crime Prevention Officer at Henry Street Garda Station said that, especially at this time of year, it is critically important that people make sure to lock their cars.

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“People may believe that they have nothing of value in their cars or that they did in fact lock their cars or they believe that they are parked in a safe area. Gardaí know that criminals travel throughout housing estates across Limerick city and county checking for unlocked cars,” Sgt Leetch said.

“Do not give a criminal the chance to steal from you, lock your car and check that it is locked by pulling the car door handle no matter where you park it.”

Also on the northside of the city, Gardaí are investigating after a car was stolen from the Caherdavin area on November 30.

The woman went to bed on Wednesday night and discovered the following morning that her car was gone.

The woman also left her car unlocked and had also left the spare key in it, according to Sgt Leetch.

In an unconnected incident, a man in the city centre was unloading shopping from his car outside his home, when he went inside and  came out around 15 minutes later to discover that his car was gone.

Thieves had gained access to his house and taken his keys, which they then used to take his car.

Gardaí in Mayorstone Station subsequently arrested the car thief and he is currently before the courts.