News 2013

Car Window Notice
Title: Car window notice to help deter break-in thieves
Date: 23/09/2013
System Date: 23/09/2013
In response to an increase in the number of break-ins happening to vehicles parked in upland areas, Mountaineering Ireland has developed a removable car window notice, which is available to free members (though a postage cost applies if delivered by post).

The notice has an easy to fix and remove suction cup so that you can put it on one of your side windows while you’re walking or climbing and then take it down afterwards. The strong colour and simple graphics should attract attention and hopefully deter thieves. The inside has a reminder message not to leave valuables in your vehicles.

The Gardaí have confirmed that there were 254 reported thefts from vehicles in Co Wicklow between 1st June and 31st August this year, more than double the number for the same period in the previous year. Almost one-third of these thefts were from vehicles that were unlocked. The Gardaí in Wicklow are in the third year of Operation Uplands, which involves patrols by marked and unmarked cars as well as checkpoints, with the aim of reducing this type of crime.

Mountaineering Ireland is aware that break-ins to parked vehicles are a problem in many upland areas, from the Mournes to Kerry. However, it is important that we play our part in trying to reduce the number of break-ins by adhering to the following advice:
  • Avoid leaving bags, clothing, etc, on view in the vehicle while it is unattended;
  • If you must leave anything in a vehicle, put it in the boot before you arrive at the parking location;
  • Open the glove box and, where possible, the lid on the boot, to show there is nothing in the vehicle;
  • Remove portable sat navs, including cradle and suction pads; also wipe any suction marks off the windscreen;
  • Lock your vehicle;
  • Use Mountaineering Ireland’s removable window notice;
  • Report all break-ins or damage to vehicles;
  • Report any suspicious activity to the Gardaí or Police.
To order online and have it posted to you, click HERE.