A number of people have been arrested following car thefts in the north Kildare area.
Garda Supt. Gerry Wall, recently appointed to the area, appealed to members of the public to report anything suspicious as soon as they can.
“We have seen a number of thefts from cars at night time. There has been quite a lot of it,” said Supt. Wall.
He said people are leaving cars open at night. In recent times there were instances of people leaving computer games, DVD’s and handbags in their cars. “This makes it quite easy for thieves.”
He said in some instances members of the public have seen people acting suspiciously around cars but they have not phoned the Gardai.
He also noted that in the recent hot spell some people has left car windows open. “It is leaving it very easy for theives,” said Supt. Wall.
In the past two week’s Garda in the area have caught a number people red handed and files are being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
In some instances stolen property was recovered.
“We are quite happy with the results of our work in this,” he said.
But he appealed to the public to report anything suspicious as early as possible.
Supt. Wall said anyone who phones Garda stations in Kilcock, Maynooth, Celbridge and Leixlip will get put through to Leixlip (01-6667800) if the other stations are not manned.
He said that the the recent arrests were due to members of the public reporting what they believed was suspicious activity as soon as possible.
The Leixlip station is run on a 24 hour a day basis and the Gardai will do their best to respond to calls from the area, he said.