Limerick crime prevention officer sounds alarm bells for those without alarms

Limerick Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Ber Leetch.

CRIME Prevention Officer for Limerick, Sergeant Ber Leetch, has appealed to business owners to improve their security, reminding them of the importance of an intruder alarm.

The warning comes as two restaurants were broken into in Limerick City in the last week and cash floats were stolen from the tills.

“An intruder alarm definitely worked in a home on the Ennis Road last Sunday 5 May,” Sergeant Leetch said.

“The owner was away and at 4.35am, he received a report from his alarm company that the front window of his house had been tampered with.

“Gardaí went to the house and could see that the front window had been forced open. It would appear that nobody got into the house as the intruder alarm went off and the criminals ran away”.

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However Sergeant Leetch said that everyone needs to heed the most basic crime prevention message – “lock up”.

She added that a house in Castletroy was broken into after being left empty on May 4 between 2.20pm and 7.30pm, a total of just five hours.

During this time, the Crime Prevention Officer explained, a thief entered the house through the unlocked back door and property to the value of €500 was taken.

“Do not assume that the windows and doors are secure, check them yourself,” Sergeant Leetch said.