‘Operation Thor’ was established eight years ago to target burglars and the winter phase in Donegal got underway last month.
As part of the initiative, checkpoints and patrols take place throughout the winter during the day and at night, intelligence is gathered in relation to known offenders and Gardaí issue crime prevention advice in various ways.
“This year we hope to continue to reduce the number of burglaries taking place, including those on people’s homes,” said Garda Grainne Doherty of Letterkenny Garda Station.
“Everyone in the community can help us target burglars by following our simple steps to protect their home over the winter months, when burglaries traditionally tend to rise.”
Garda Doherty issued the following advice:
- Turn on some lights (LED bulbs are more energy efficient than traditional bulbs)
- Use timer switches/motion detectors
- Lock all doors and windows
- Use a house alarm
- Store keys away from windows
- Don’t keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.
Also, lock your garden shed as tools can be taken from it and then used to break into your home. Lock your vehicle and do not store cash or valuables in it.
“Always contact Gardaí immediately if you observe any sort of suspicious activity in your area. Take note of registration numbers, description of people, direction of travel etc as every small piece of information provided can be of great use to us. Watch out for neighbours, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable.”