Series of cars broken into in residential areas
There were a spate of car and vehicle break-ins throughout the Wicklow Garda District this week, with high-end power tools a particular target.
Usually car break-ins within the district occur at car parks located in isolated, scenic locations with a large tourist foot-fall, however in recent weeks there appears to have been a change of tact with thieves targeting vehicles parked outside family homes.
There were at least ten reported break-ins from Tuesday evening through to Friday, including a number in Wicklow town, as well as incidents in Rathnew, Ashford and Rathdrum.
Vehicles in Arklow were also broken into.
Cars parked in Marlton Demesne and Quarantine Hill in Wicklow town and Charvey Lane in Rathnew were targeted and damaged too.
Expensive power tools were stolen overnight from a van parked in Ashford, while further tools valued at €2,500 were stolen from the back of a van on Marlton Demesne, Wicklow town.
Two males were also witnessed attempting to remove a generator from the rear of a van but ran off after being disturbed.
A Garda spokesperson has advised the public not to leave any valuables in their vehicles, specially items likes work tools and power tools.
The spokesperson said: 'there doesn't seem to be any real pattern to the car break-ins which took place this week in that they took place throughout the District rather than being confined to one particular area.
'The one common thread is the amount of tools which are being stolen. These are usually expensive and can cause considerable disruption to someone's livelihood if stolen.
'We would warn people not to leave tools in their vans or vehicles overnight. They should instead be kept in a safe and secure location, preferably inside the house.'