News 2017

Title:  Help Prevent Break-ins to Parked Vehicles
Date:  26/06/2017
                                                                         

Mountaineering Ireland is highlighting the importance of not leaving valuables in parked vehicles following a serious incident in Wicklow on Saturday, 24th June where seven vehicles were broken into in one car-park. You can read more about this incident in the Irish Times by clicking here

This is a typically fast and opportunistic crime, with the perpetrators seeking cash, but also wallets, handbags, phones, laptops and sat-navs. The Gardaí and the PSNI have appealed to people parking in the uplands to take the following measures to protect their vehicles:

  • Avoid leaving bags, clothing etc on view within the vehicle;
  • 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;
  • If you must leave valuables in the boot, put them in before you arrive at the parking location; 
  • Secure the vehicle; almost one quarter of vehicles broke into are unlocked; 
  • Some thieves use a device to block the signal from an owner’s remote control to their car; check that your car is actually locked before you walk away.
  • Report all break-ins or damage to vehicles;
  • Watch for and report, suspicious any activity to the Gardaí or Police, giving a description and if possible the registration number of any vehicle involved.
  • Members who are active in Wicklow should save the number for the Divisional Headquarters in Bray (01 6665300) into their phones. For other areas, get the relevant phone numbers on http://www.garda.ie/Stations/Default.aspx. Throughout Northern Ireland, use the PSNI non-emergency number 0845 600 8000. 

The Gardaí and PSNI have appealed to Mountaineering Ireland members to immediately report all incidents of break-ins to parked vehicles and suspicious activity (giving a description and if possible the registration number of any vehicle involved). Don’t leave it till the next day – this information could help prevent crime.

Mountaineering Ireland has developed a removable car window notice, with a strong message and simple graphics to deter thieves. The notice is available free to members (with a charge to cover postage and packaging), email info@mountaineering.ie for details. Alternatively, members of the public can purchase it from the online shop.
 

The long summer days are inspiring people to get out and enjoy the Irish countryside. If you’re heading for the hills, plan your walk in advance choosing a route that suits your map-reading skills and the fitness of all those in your group. Make sure you are prepared for a change in the weather; it’s always colder, wetter and windier up the hills. Don’t rely solely on electronic devices which have limited battery life, especially smartphones. For further tips, check our Walk Safely leaflet . (link HERE). 
 
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