CRUEL THIEVES robbed a pensioner while at Mass at the weekend and tried to rob another in her home – as Gardaí warned that burglars are operating in Donegal this week.The latest victim – a woman in her 80s – returned to her home in Glengad in Inishowen to find the house ransacked.Christmas presents were among the items take in the raid. Local people have put together a €1,000 award leading to the capture of those responsible. There have been a number of other burglaries across Co Donegal in the past 48 hours, with warnings in rural areas, particularly in Fanad and Inishowen.Three men tried to break into the home of a 75-year-old woman in Kerrykeel in another incident.“It is just ridiculous,” said a neighbour of the Glengad victim, “how anyone could raid the home of a pensioner while she was at Mass is beyond belief.”Anyone with information on the Glengad burglary should call Gardaí on 074 93 74109. Other incidents in the county came just hours after Gardaí issued a public Christmas safety message.Thieves have also targeted revellers out and about over the weekend, with Nicolle Toland having cash and a phone stolen in Letterkenny.Sgt Paul Wallace told Donegal Daily: “Unfortunately there are people who see Christmas as a time to steal, an opportunity.“The lead in to the busy Christmas period is identified as an ideal opportunity to promote crime prevention and encourage awareness.“Although it is the time of the year where the majority of us will practice the tradition of giving gifts, unfortunately the majority of burglars view it very differently and see the festive season as an opportune time to break into a home.” To help prevent burglaries from happening over the festive season the Garda Community Relations Bureau would like to share the following tips:Going Away For the Festive Holiday• Avoid discussing any holiday plans or planned Christmas outings on any types of social media or in public where strangers may hear or view details of your absence from home.• Make your home look like someone is living in it. • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.• Trusted neighbours and friends may be able to help you by collecting yourpost, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car in yourdriveway.• Leave important documents and valuable items with other family membersor a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.• Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling toyour holiday destination. A work address will suffice if you want to label yourluggage.• If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, considerputting them in the house.• Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary. Make sure anything that can be used by a burglar to gain entry to your property i.e. garden tools are safely locked away.• Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your house alarm if you have one.At Home• Lock and bolt your doors and windows.• If you used a ladder to put up outside decorations remember to put it awayafter, preferably in a locked shed. Remember bins and ladders could be usedto access first floor windows by a potential burglar.• Remember never leave any presents or valuables where they can be seen bya burglar i.e. in view of a window! Consider putting presents under theChristmas tree early on Christmas morning.• Keep out any unwanted visitors ‐ it is always a good idea to have a doorviewer or chain fitted to your front door especially in the holiday seasonwhere you are likely to receive more visitors to your home.• Consider fitting exterior lights with sensors in the garden and front of your house. This will help to deter a burglar as they are more confident whenworking in the dark.• If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it isdelivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the doorstep.• Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items lockedaway out of sight.• Don’t leave your keys in the door at any time.• Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.• Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside toadvertise your good fortune to criminals.COMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS TARGET HOMES AS ELDERLY PENSIONER ROBBED was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Christmas break-insGlengadraidsTHEFTSthieves
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