Lock Up and Light Up this Winter
Since Operation Thor was launched on 2nd November 2015 domestic burglaries have fallen nationally by approximately 30%.
However as we approach the winter months householders need to be vigilant as traditionally burglaries rise in winter time.
* In winter, residential burglaries increase by 23%.
* Over 45% of residential burglaries in winter occur between 5pm and 11pm.
* In 19% of burglaries, entry is through an unsecured door or window.
* Jewellery and cash are the most common objects stolen during burglaries.
* The typical value stolen per incident in the last twelve months is €600.
* There were over 160 cases where car keys were “fished” through the letterbox in the past year.
* More incidents reported by an alarm activation were detected than not detected.
Whether you are at home or going out, remember to turn on some lights, use timer switches, lock all doors and windows, use an alarm, store keys away from windows and letter boxes and don’t store large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.
Winter Burglary Prevention information leaflets ...
Lock Up Light Up.
Crime Prevention advice is available here
Why not make ‘Crime Prevention’ one of your New Year Resolutions in 2017?"
Crime prevention is everyone’s business and involves taking simple but effective steps to prevent crimes such as Burglary from occurring.
Don’t make it easy for the burglar to break in, lock your windows and doors to prevent easy opportunities. Turn on lights around your house and set your alarm. If you love it; lock up and light up.
Assess your home security by clicking here to take the ‘Home Security Checklist Challenge’.
Check out ‘Crime Prevention’ tab for more detailed crime prevention advice on burglary and personal safety.
Think Crime Prevention in 2017
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Renewed appeal - Christmas and New Year Drink Driving Campaign 2016
As we head into the New Year, An Garda Síochána and the RSA are renewing their appeal to drivers to be responsible in relation to drinking and driving.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn said "Tragically, there have been two fatalities over the past 7 days, a motorcyclist on Christmas Day and a driver on St Stephen’s Day. On Christmas day alone 14 drivers were arrested by Gardaí on suspicion of intoxicated driving. It is disappointing following the many appeals and media focus in this area, that so many divers continue to take such a risk. We again appeal to drivers to be responsible and to never, ever drink and drive. We appeal to passengers to never take a lift from someone who has been drinking, and also to pedestrians – please enjoy the New Year celebrations and be safe! Plan your journey home in advance. Let’s make this New Year a safe one for all.”
Full Press Release ...
Garda Vetting update - 23/12/16
Since its commencement on 29th April 2016 eVetting has been rolled out successfully to registered organisations and has surpassed all targets set for implementation of the system. Currently 94% of monthly vetting receipts are processed on the ‘e’ platform. In addition, 81% of all registered organisations have transitioned to the ‘e’ platform. This figure is increasing monthly although it is accepted that there will always been a very small percentage of organisations who are unable to transition to eVetting for various reasons.
Further infromation available here ...
Protected Disclosures Policy
The Garda Commissioner Nóirín ÓSullivan has published the Protected Disclosures Policy.
Any member of An Garda Síochána who raises issues will be fully supported. Each and every Garda member must know they have the right and responsibility to raise their concerns and be confident that they will be listened to and addressed.
In recent weeks, a Protected Disclosures Manager has been appointed and An Garda Síochána have begun establishing a dedicated team who will be appropriately trained to oversee all matters related to protected disclosures.
In addition, we are working with external experts in this area such as Transparency Ireland to help us create an environment to ensure people speaking up are supported and protected in An Garda Síochána.
The Protected Disclosures Policy is available here ...
Revenue Scam Warning
Gardaí have been made aware of a recent telephone scam where a male/female caller states they are from Revenue and seeks immediate payment of a tax bill over the phone. They may also give you a telephone number to call back to give your credit card details.
This caller is not calling from Revenue. This is a scam and An Garda Síochána would like to remind the public to be wary of any contact from an unsolicited source, whether it is by telephone or email.
Full Press Release and links to Crime Presention advice ...
Snow, sleet, frost, wind and rain are expected in the next few days
Gardai are warning road users and pedestrians to exercise caution on the roads and footpaths over the next number of days as snow, frost and rain are expected.
Please make sure you are prepared for any trips in inclement weather, and bear in mind weather patterns may be localised. Plan ahead and drive safely. Useful sites include:
Also, keep an eye on your local authority's website for updates and advice.
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An Garda Síochána Five Year Modernisation and Renewal Programme - New Garda Organisational Structure.
An Garda Síochána has published its five year programme to professionalise, modernise and renew the organisation to ensure it can meet present and future policing and security challenges.
Full Press Release, Booklet and New Garda Strategy Organisational Chart are available here ...
As part of the programme a new Garda Organisational Structure came into effect on the 1st of September 2016.
The changes in the plan have been prioritised to ensure the greatest community impact and provide the best supports for Garda members, staff and reserves to enable them to work efficiently and effectively in delivering the national policing and security service.
External Emergency Plans
An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and Local Authorities (Fire Services) are each required under legislation to prepare Plans to deal with the emergency response to major accidents at designated sites.
Full details and current External Emergency Plans are available here ...
Use Your Brain Not Your Fists
An Garda Síochána has appealed on the 12/9/16 to young males to think of the consequences for themselves and others of being involved in assaults as statistics show a rise in assaults in last number of years in line with the rise in the night-time economy.
Further Details...click here
Victim Information Leaflet
If you have been a victim of crime, we have prepared a Garda Victim Information Leaflet (VIL) that will provide you with some relevant information that can help you access your entitlements as set out in the EU Directive 2012/29/EU which establishes the minimum standards on the rights, support and protection for victims of crime.
You do not need to formally report your crime to An Garda Síochána to access the free services at victim support services
Garda Victim Information Leaflet (VIL) is available here ...
The leaflet contains information about entitlements to access victim support, legal aid, compensation, interpretation, and witness expenses. You can use any of the contact details which are listed in the Victim Information Leaflet or if you require further information please contact your local Garda Victim Service Office
Garda Youth Awards 2016
The first Wexford Garda Youth Awards will be presented at a ceremony that will be held on Friday, the 31st March 2017 at 7.30pm at “The Street”, Wexford County Council Buildings, Carriglawn, Wexford Town. Closing date for nominations is the 16/1/17
Further info and application forms ...
Gardaí are seeking owners for property in their possession
Gardaí are seeking owners for property in their possession. The property is varied and includes bikes, cameras, purses, phones etc.
If you are the owner of any of this property, please use contact details as outlined with the photo of the property
Please click here to see BIKES in Garda possession
Please click here to see ALL OTHER property recovered
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