Several Attempted Break-ins in East Cork

By Jordan McCarthy

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East Cork residents are asked to ‘be vigilant’, following a number of attempted break-ins in the area, last weekend.
One local woman witnessed an attempted break-in at her house in Youghal last Sunday night. The incident is said to have occurred at around 7pm. The woman says she heard ‘someone trying to force the door of the house open.’ No access was gained to the property, but the woman in question was left shaken.
Other separate incidents in East Cork were also reported. Midleton Gardai confirmed to the East Cork Journal that there were ‘a number of incidents’ in the area at the weekend. Suspicious vehicles were spotted, and other dubious activity was reported, but there were no recorded burglaries for the period in question.
As the Christmas season approaches, members of the public are reminded to be cautious. Garda Joe O’ Connor from the Midleton District Office said; ‘‘Coming up to Christmas, a lot of things happen. Be vigilant. Ensure that the doors - front and back - of your house are locked. Leave a light on. If you see anything suspicious, contact us. Look out for the elderly in your area. Bogus people tend to target them. If you see something, report it.
‘‘If anyone calls to your house, who you don’t know, check their identification. There are bogus callers out there – be sure that they have the proper I.D. Be satisfied that they are genuine.’’
Burglaries have been on the rise in the area this year. In a report made to Cork County Council’s joint policing committee back in October, Garda commissioners from all 3 policing divisions said they have recorded "1,734 incidents of property crime between July and September 2017, compared to 1,345 for the same period last year".

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