Donegal Gardai urge vigilance as burglaries increase

Gardai in the County have urged the public to be extra vigilant as a result of number of burglaries where private homes have been targeted in recent weeks.

The County's crime prevention officer Paul Wallace is urging residents to be alert to suspicous activity around their property and to ensure their home is secure when out Christmas shopping.

While no figures have been given, gardai have released their latest advice following a number of burglaries on homes across the county in recent weeks.

In current cold spell you are encouraged to keep an eye on elderly / persons living alone – give them a calla and review security at your home with an emphasis on the physical security.

Gardai advise that perimeter lighting should be in use during the hours of darkness while the installation of a monitored intruder alarms system is advised.

In recent days gardai  have received reports from around the County of traders calling to doors in particular isolated rural areas.

Residents are advised not be tempted to employ door to door traders no matter how goods it sounds, not to be fooled by print material referring to local addresses  and to be wary of persons looking for cash payments.

Finally, any person who has noticed any suspicious activity should not hesitate to contact their local 24hour District Headquarters Garda station.