Don't take your phone out in public, warn gardai
Gardai are urging people to take a "commonsense" approach when out and about - and not make calls on their mobile phones while in public places.
As part of the National Crime Prevention Day of Action, gardai have released figures and advice on how the public can protect themselves and their property while outside their home.
The figures released today show:
*A quarter of all mobile phone thefts occur between midnight and 4am
* Credit cards and cash are the next most popular items for thieves after mobile phones
* A third of thefts from people in public involve 'snatch and grabs'
* Half of all thefts from people and assults happen between Friday and Sunday
Today gardai are urging people to take a "streetwise" approach in a bid to protect themselves from crime.
This "streetwise" approach includes:
* Plan your journey - tell people where you are going and using well lit routes to get there
* Be observant and conceal your values
* Avoid making mobile phone calls in public places - if you have to, do so with your back against a wall or window so you can see around you and reduce the opportunity to be attacked from behind
* Be wary of strangers and avoid confrontation.
"We want people to enjoy themselves when out, and taking a few easy steps can greatly reduce the chances of their day or night being ruined. These include remaining observant, be conscious of your alcohol intake, don’t make it easy for a thief to take your phone by leaving it on the table, and avoid walking in dark locations. Working together, we can reduce the opportunities available to criminals,” said Sgt Alan Roughneen of the National Crime Prevention Unit.
As part of the National Crime Prevention Day of Action, gardai around the country will engage with communities to provide practical advice to enhance personal security and safety.
Further crime prevention advice relating to personal safety is available from www.garda.ie.