Thefts from 15 cars in Kinsale – many were left unlocked

April 6th, 2020 8:56 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

CCTV footage of an earlier incident showing suspects trying to get into parked cars. (Photo courtesy

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GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses in relation to the theft from 15 cars and the theft of a van in Eltins Wood and Compass Quay, Kinsale today.

At around 4am, 15 cars were broken into and had items taken from them. A white Renault van, partial reg 11-KY was also stolen.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Eltins Wood or Compass Quay area of Kinsale, particularly road users with video footage, between 3.30am and 4.30am to please contact them.

Gardaí are also appealing for anyone who may have seen the stolen white Renault van in the area to contact Bandon Garda Station on 021-477 9250, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

Speaking at Kinsale Garda Station, crime prevention officer Sgt James O Donovan said: ‘Last year our Park Smart campaign highlighted that criminals are going through housing estates and trying to open car doors, hoping they get some that are unlocked. Unfortunately, a lot of the cars last night were left unlocked.

‘However, it was good to see that most people had no items in their cars at all. Since 2016, €30m worth of items were stolen from vehicles and outside our homes and in driveways are the most common places for it to happen.

‘Because everyone is adhering to Government restrictions on staying indoors, our vehicles are going to all be parked up for the next couple of weeks so I would ask that nobody leave anything of value in them, no matter where it is parked, and make sure it is locked at all times.’



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