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Sergeant Tony Davis, Anglesea Street Garda Station's Crime Prevention Officer, spoke to the Cork Independent about what types of burglaries

Thursday, 8th October, 2015 12:00am

Sergeant Tony Davis, Anglesea Street Garda Station's Crime Prevention Officer, spoke to the Cork Independent about what types of burglaries are happening and how they can be prevented.

An average of 12 burglaries a month occur across the city and suburbs. There are three types of burglaries, Sergeant Davis says: "The first are locals from the area who are generally young and often have a drug or alcohol problem. These are caught fairly easily."

The next group is a bit more advanced and tend to operate in neighbouring areas. The third group is more sophisticated, come from urban areas like Dublin and sometimes take on security systems and attempt commercial areas.

"I've covered these cases for over 30 years and the one thing I can tell you is almost always, they're in broad daylight and in unoccupied houses, where burglars entered by force into the rear entrance of the house. They ring the doorbell and look for signs of life."

When away, disconnect your telephone or adjust the volume. An unanswered phone is a quick sign your home is empty. Your house should appear occupied at all times, so use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.

Stow your jewellery away in crafty places; under the bed doesn't fool anyone these days. An unused socket can function as a faux appliance, and doubles as the most inconspicuous stash spot.

When asked which was the easiest home to target, he said: "Houses with no alarm that are unoccupied, have a high wall, or hedge reducing visibility into the property, and houses which have easy access around the back and have a back patio door.

"Make sure you've a peep hole and chain, infra-red activated lights, side gates or anything to deter these people. Ensure there's no wheelie bin that they can climb up to find another entrance and make sure your garage is locked so tools aren't taken to break in," he said.

Sergeant Davis advised not to open the door to anyone unfamiliar and always ask for ID.

If you spot anything suspicious, go with your intuition and report it to Anglesea Street. Contact Anglesea Street on 021-14522000 or Sergeant Davis directly at 021-4522061.

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