Rural Crime: 'We left the house for one hour to return to find the back door kicked in and our valuables gone'
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As part of the Independent.ie series on rural crime, we are looking for readers stories and experiences.
Reader Kieran Murphy wrote in to tell us his experience.
"In 2012 our house in Kilcullen Co. Kildare was burgled and the interior was ransacked. We had left the house for one hour to return to find the back door kicked in and most of our valuables gone.
At the time my wife was a month away from having our first baby and we had a nursery ready for the new arrival, the burglars destroyed the room we had put so much work into getting ready, they also kicked down a number of internal doors that were locked.
They took mostly jewellery belonged to my wife which had sentimental value as it was given to her from her late mother.
We tried to contact the local Garda station however Kilcullen was un-manned and Newbridge station would not answer the phone, we finally got through to Naas Garda station and after 4 hours, two Gardai arrived to our house.
They apologies for the delay in responding telling us they were short staffed, they also said that most likely the house was being watched before the burglary and that a travelling gang from Tallaght were probably the culprits. They told us that it was highly unlikely that they would be caught an even more unlikely that we would get any of our things back as they would be sold to a cash for gold shop.
This was an all round terrible experience especially with a baby due. We appreciated the guards honesty about the burglar's never getting caught and never getting our stuff back but felt the country was in a sort state if this was the case. We know this story is one of thousands of very similar ones but thought we'd share it anyways".
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