Senior Garda Management in Cork County are urging residents to lock their valuables away and out of sight, following thefts from almost 100 vehicles since the beginning of November.
The spate of robberies over the past 3 weeks in parts of East Cork, Cork City and West Cork has seen home grown gangs swarming into estates after dark, robbing from unlocked cars, making it easy pickings for criminals.
The Midleton policing area recorded the highest number of thefts, with 21% of the robberies taking place in the district.
Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan said that, while all three policing divisions are working on bringing these criminals to justice, many of the incidents were preventable, as 44% of vehicles were left unlocked.
Between Friday, 1 November and last Thursday, 21 November a total number of 86 thefts from vehicles were recorded across the County,45 of which were in the Cork City division, 30 in the North Cork policing district and 11 in West Cork.
18 incidents were logged in Midleton, 15 in Mayfield, 12 in Togher, 10 each in Fermoy and Macroom, a further 9 were recorded in both Gurranabraher and Anglesea Street in Cork City respectfully, with 2 cases recorded in Mallow and 1 in Bandon.
Superintendent Con Cadogan revealed the figures as part of his Quarterly Report to the County Policing and Crime Forum on Monday.
He said local media reporting of increased incidents of thefts had led him to providing additional information to the ten month figures being presented.
Those statistics show that, from January to October 31, the Force had recorded 564 incidents of theft from vehicles, an increase of 106 on the corresponding period in 2018, when 456 instances were recorded.
Gardaí say enquiries are ongoing and ask that any witnesses to the incidents, or anyone with information which may assist Gardaí, should contact their local Garda Station or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.