Burglars tempted by open windows

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With temperatures set to hit a scorching 28 degrees in Kildare this week, gardai are urging homeowners to ensure homes are secure so that opportunistic burglars don’t get tempted by open windows.

With temperatures set to hit a scorching 28 degrees in Kildare this week, gardai are urging homeowners to ensure homes are secure so that opportunistic burglars don’t get tempted by open windows.

“We are advising people to be extra vigilant during the hot weather. Many house alarms can now be set in sectors, so that with a two storey house, you can set the alarm downstairs and leave the windows open upstairs,” said a local garda spokesperson.

Cllr. Martin Miley, who is a member of the Kilmeade Booleigh Community Alert group, said they had also been advising residents to remain extra vigilant.

“We have been putting out texts advising people that with the hot weather and with the kids off, it’s important to keep a closer eye on things. If people are out the back sun bathing or the kids are outside playing, it is important to lock up your house and check on it every now and then. If neighbours are going on holidays, people could make arrangements for a neighbour to go in and mow the lawn, or park their car there once or twice, just to make it look like there is someone at home,” he said.

The local community text system covers Kilmeade, Booleigh, Narraghmore, Ballitore and Nurney. Cllr. Miley said it has proved very helpful since it swung into action a year ago.

“People are definitely more vigilant and look out for one another. It’s nice for the new residents who are really getting to know their neighbours more because of the system,” he added.

-Niamh O’Donoghue