Sunday 18 March 2018

Homeowners warned to store car keys far from letterbox as stolen vehicles recovered in garda operation

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Gardai have issued a warning to homeowners as a number of stolen vehicles were among 50 detained since last September as part of an operation to remove uninsured and unworthy cars and trucks from Irish roads.

As part of 'Operation Waste', three stolen cars - an Audi Q7, a Toyota Avensis and a Mercedes Benz S350 - were recovered before they could be exported abroad.

A further 11 stolen vehicles were recovered from the parking areas of housing and industrial estates as part of the joint venture between Dublin Metropolitan Region Garda Traffic Division and Dublin City Council’s Waste Management Team

It is understood that these vehicles, found using ANPR technology, were destined for export to West Africa.

A garda spokesperson said the majority of these vehicles had been stolen during the course of burglaries or the keys had been accessed through the letterbox of homes.

"As a result we wish to advise all home owners that cars keys should be stored in a safe and secure place in the home and away a safe distance from front door letter box’s to avoid their phishing out by thieves and burglars," said the spokesperson.

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