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‘Rural burglaries on the rise’ as Laois gardai appeal for information following two incidents

Gardai in Laois are appealing for information following two burglaries which occurred in the county recently.

Portlaoise Gardai are investigating two burglaries in Rathmore, Stradbally and Ratheniska village on Wednesday evening February 9.

They are appealing for information on any suspicious cars or persons in the area particularly between the hours of 8pm and 9.30pm

Any information is to be passed on to the Detective Branch at Portlaoise Garda Station on 057-8674135.

A spokesperson said: “We have seen an increase in Domestic Burglary over the past number of weeks.

“We continue to work with communities to prevent and detect these crimes. Keeping the burglar out starts with keeping gates closed.

“An open gate is an invitation onto your property, but if a criminal has to climb over a gate or wall, they know that trespassing increases their chances of getting caught.

“Turn on lights, use timer switches, lock all doors and use an alarm to deter burglars. Cash and jewellery remain the target, so don’t keep large amounts of cash at home and consider a certified safe if you have expensive jewellery.

“We’ve seen during the pandemic that burglars don’t generally target occupied properties, so making your home look like there is someone at home is a great deterrent.

“Smart home security devices such as video doorbells are a great tool for protecting your property when you’re not around.

“More affordable than traditional CCTV systems, they can be self-installed and ensure you can view a live feed from the camera through your smartphone even when you’re not at home.

“More importantly they allow you to remotely speak with a caller, giving the impression someone is at home.”

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