Lucinda Creighton to install new alarm system after house burglary
REFORM Alliance TD Lucinda Creighton is planning to get a new alarm system after her home was broken into by burglars over Christmas.
The old alarm in her Sandymount house in Dublin was not working during the burglary, which took place while she and husband Senator Paul Bradford were visiting family and friends in Cork, Kerry and Mayo.
Ms Creighton said the burglars had ransacked the house, but had stolen nothing of note bar a set of her husband's cufflinks and a few other small items.
She said the lesson was to have all the security mechanisms in place, and that it was a "wake-up call".
Ms Creighton, who is currently expecting her first child, said she was not sure whether the alarm was required to be working under her home insurance policy.
She also told the Irish Independent that she appreciated the effect that a burglary could have on older people who were living alone. "It's not pleasant. Unfortunately, it's a feature of Christmas time, they know when people are away and they can spot the houses," she said.