Thefts from cars are down 22% (but this weekend window is still most popular among thieves)
Most car thefts occur on weekends between 2pm and 7pm.
New figures released by the Gardaí show that around 60% of these incidents happen between April and September, with the average value of property stolen at approximately €660 and cash making up an average of €330 per incident.
Car accessories, jewellery, electronics, and tools are some of the other items most targeted in these incidents.
Gardaí are advising motorists to secure their vehicles when parking in unattended carparks in coastal and scenic locations, as millions of euros worth of property are stolen from cars each year.
While overall theft from car incidents have reduced in the last 12 months, the Gardaí anticipate the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions will see increased opportunities for criminals to take advantage of holidaymakers this summer.
‘Leave your empty glove box open’
“If you are travelling with your car to coastal and scenic areas this summer, plan your journey before you go. Check online if the location has a website or app with safety tips for visitors.” said Sergeant Ber Leetch, Crime Prevention Officer.
“Leave the expensive property at home if not required. Choose well serviced and well-lit car parks where possible. Avoid carparks with signs of public disorder or criminal damage, such as broken glass. Park legally, do not obstruct vehicles or entrances.”
While it goes without saying that things like handbags, jackets, wallets, laptops, and shopping should never be left on view in the vehicle, Sergeant Leetch advised leaving an empty glove box open, showing would-be criminals that there is nothing for them to steal.
“As you leave double-check that your doors and windows are locked. Don’t be tempted to leave the windows slightly open. If you are the victim of a crime or if you see any suspicious activity call 999 or 112 and report it.” she added.