MEMBERS of the public have been urged to be vigilant after a man had his car keys fished out from his letterbox.
The man had his 08 BMW stolen from his home in the Charnwood estate in Clonsilla, Co Dublin.
The man, who told his story to Crime.ie, said he mistook the noise of the keys being taken as a Christmas decoration falling off the tree.
The incident happened on the eve of his father's funeral.
The thieves fished the keys from the hall table through the letterbox.
It is believed the thieves posed as charity leaflet droppers earlier in the week in order to gaze through the letterbox, before returning at night to steal the car.
Gardai have urged members of the public not to leave car keys or other valuable objects in view of the letterbox, as there have been an increased number of thefts using the fishing tactics.
People are urged to be particularly vigilant around Christmas, as there is normally an increase in home burglaries over the festive period.
Members of the public should also take caution when disposing of packaging of valuable presents, such as tablets or games consules, to make sure they are out of sight.