€21k in property and cash stolen from parked cars each day
Up to €21,000 in property and cash is stolen from parked cars in Ireland every day, new crime figures show.
And the festive season is the busiest period for robbers who specialise in breaking into parked cars.
The latest garda statistics indicate that €6.6m in property was taken over the past 12 months from unlocked vehicles. A further €1m in cash was taken during the same thefts.
On average, €21,000 is stolen from Irish cars every day - and each robbery involves roughly €220 worth of cash and property being taken.
Incredibly, 25pc of cars left parked outside Irish homes are unlocked.
A third of robberies involved cars having their windows broken after thieves spotted property or cash on the seats or floor of the vehicle. Cars in Dublin are most vulnerable and around half of all thefts occur on Friday and Saturday nights.