Gangs now pay local informants and monitor social media to see when homes are left empty
- Gangs are now using old primary routes to try to minimise Garda attention
- Criminals increasingly avoiding the use of luxury cars such as BMWs, Audis and Volvos
- Spotters being paid in specific areas to identify target houses for them
CRIME gangs have responded to the Operation Thor crackdown by gardaí on rural burglaries with a change in tactics.
Urban gangs are now trying to avoid the motorway network which, between 2009 and 2015, they exploited to unleash a reign of terror across rural Ireland.
Instead, gangs are now using old primary routes to try to minimise Garda attention, switching to lower-profile vehicles, paying local informants for information on which homes to target and even monitoring social media to determine when houses are empty.
Gangs are now increasingly avoiding the use of luxury cars such as BMWs, Audis and Volvos.
Instead, gangs prefer using nondescript but powerful cars to avoid attracting attention to themselves while they scout areas for break-ins.
Gangs are also devoting more resources to local intelligence sources – paying ‘spotters’ in specific areas to identify target houses for them.
These houses are then specially marked to identify them to the burglars.
Raiders are now increasingly trying to avoid houses with alarms or dogs in a bid to prevent a rapid Garda response.