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Criminal gangs target caravan parks

Greg Harkin

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

Gardaí have urged caravan owners to secure their property
Gardaí have urged caravan owners to secure their property

Criminal gangs are targeting campsites to steal expensive caravans, gardaí have warned.

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Two caravans have vanished in the space of a week in Co Sligo, as fears grow that the vehicles are being stolen to order and then taken to England to be sold on.

Thieves made off with a Swift Hobby Premium caravan, which was stolen from the Atlantic Caravan Park in Enniscrone last week.

The caravan, which was a 2014 model, is valued in the region of €20,000.

Detectives said it was removed from the site during a 24-hour window.

A similar make of caravan worth €6,000 was stolen last Friday afternoon, also in Co Sligo.

The 2006 Hobby Prestige caravan was taken from Ballinacarrow. Gardaí say CCTV images show the caravan being towed away by a 3-series black BMW.

It was reportedly last seen on the N5 at Termonbarry, being driven towards Longford, on Friday at 3.30pm.

Gardaí have urged caravan owners to secure their property.

They recommended that owners fit GPS tracking devices on their vehicles to help deter thieves.

Irish Independent

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