'Criminals are waiting in estates' - Garda warning issued after two cars stolen while defrosting
Two cars were stolen in Co Kildare this morning after being left unattended while the windows were defrosting.
Gardaí are warning motorists to remain with their vehicles at all times as they fear this may be "the first of many" incidents of car thefts this winter.
Inspector Oliver Henry of Naas Garda Station told Kfm Radio: "One car was stolen in Cellbridge and we are waiting on a report on the other car. This is the type of crime that happens every winter, where people defrost the cars and go back into the house while the car is running with the keys inside."
The Road Safety Authority urged motorists to invest in a screen scraper and de-icer instead of using hot water to defrost windscreens.
Attention all drivers! Reports of 2 cars stolen this morning after drivers left their car running to defrost windscreen. If defrosting, remain in your vehicle or use an ice scraper. #winterready pic.twitter.com/x8ADvGMiuh— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 17, 2017
Inspector Henry said gardaí believe criminals are "driving around housing estates and waiting" for people to leave their cars unattended.
"We are advising people to avoid leaving the cars running while defrosting. We see this again and again every year."