Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gardaí reveal mobile phones worth €2.5m stolen last year

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Almost 6,000 phones, worth €2.5m worth of phones, were stolen last year new figures show.

Gardaí are urging young people to be 'streetwise' about their mobile phones and have revealed that two thirds of all thefts and robberies involve mobile phones being stolen. Three in four victims of phone theft are aged between 18 and 39.

Two in five thefts occur between 10pm and 4am between Friday and Sunday.

They also show that two in five phone thefts take place on a road, street or footpath, while one in five occur in a pub or restaurant.

There were 5,703 phone thefts in 2016, down 14pc on 2015.

A campaign called #mindyoustuff will run until the end of March, urging people to mind their personal property and possessions, and to plan their nights out. 

There will also be increased patrolling at night in locations identified as having high levels of robberies from the person and assaults.

"We want people to enjoy their nights out and the best way to do that is to have a plan," said Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit.

"Think about how you are getting to and from a location. Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back. Avoid walking alone and in dark locations. Never engage with drunk or aggressive people, use your brain not your fist.

"Finally be streetwise, take care of your property, particularly mobile phones and purses or wallets. Mind yourselves, mind your stuff and have a plan.”

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