‘You can fall victim to crime in thirty seconds’

Local Gardai in awareness drive Seamus Duke  Gardai have launched a national public awareness campaign to highlight the ongoing problem of theft and burglary which accounts for an incredible 80% of all crimes reported in Ireland last year.   Gardai say that they are taking this initiative because there has been a marked increase in these types of crimes in the past three months. Gardai say that these crimes are largely opportunistic and they believe that many of them could be prevented with some thought and effort.   Speaking to the Roscommon People yesterday (Wednesday) Roscommon Garda Superintendent Willie Gallagher said ‘We are just trying to raise public awareness on this issue and point out some simple things that people can do to protect themselves against them’.    Supt. Gallagher points out that two out of three burglaries from houses take place between 8 am and 8 pm and that in a quarter of all burglaries, the thieves don’t even have to use force to gain entry.   ‘We have had a total of 25 such incidents in this area this year which is a lot and most of these could have been prevented