This month on Crimecall Sergeant Kavanagh was promoting the golden rules of online shopping.
In the lead up to Christmas and in particular the Black Friday sales promotion period An Garda Síochána are supporting Europol’s online fraud prevention campaign which encourages safe online shopping by customers and provides fraud prevention advice to online retailers / eCommerce businesses.
More and more businesses are using the internet as the primary channel to sell goods and services. Whilst convenient for both the consumer and retailer it also presents opportunities for fraudsters who can use the anonymous nature of the internet to rip off consumers or target retailers who do not have the necessary defences in place to protect themselves.
There was a total of €22 million in credit and debit cards fraud losses on Irish consumers in 2020, according to the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI).
Consumers and eCommerce merchants will be particularly active online over the next few weeks and An Garda Síochána and Europol advise consumers and online retailers to adhere to the following online shopping fraud prevention tips:
For the online shopper:
The Golden Rules of Online Shopping
- Understand risks involved - do some research – use brands and shops that are familiar to you
- Check to ensure the website is genuine - type the address yourself and check the spelling
- Check the seller’s reviews and ratings
- Be careful how you pay – always use the websites recommended payment site – if none, use credit cards when purchasing as most cards have strong customer protection policy
- Save all documents related to online purchases
- If you don’t make a purchase, don’t leave identity or card details behind
- Never send card details by email, text or other messaging methods
- Don’t send money to someone you don’t know – check first
For the Online Retailer / eCommerce Merchant:
- Know your product –
- Some products are riskier than others i.e. easily resalable small items may present a higher fraud risk
- Know your customer –
- If you accept card payments for high value goods you would really want to know who you are selling to – wouldn’t you?
- Establish a safe means of payment –
- Your card processor can advise when choosing a safe means of payment
- Use a reliable delivery service –
- Use a delivery service which you can be assured will offer professional handling of your merchandise
Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the above suspect in relation to an assault that occurred at Belvedere Road in Wexford Town on 23 May 2021 at approximately 10.15pm.
The victim was walking home when she was followed by an unknown male. The victim was grabbed on the arm but managed to run away.
Description of suspect:
- - Late 30’s
- - Bald with sallow skin and dark coloured eyes
- - Wearing a blue and black padded jacket and dark tracksuit bottoms
Wexford Garda Station investigating tel: (053) 916 5200
Gardaí in Finglas are investigating a hijacking incident that took place outside a business park on Jamestown Road on the 5 July 2021.
On the date in question the victim pulled up to the entrance of the business park and got out of his car to open the gate. While waiting for the gate to open he was approached by a male suspect holding a hatchet who got into the car and attempted to drive it away. The suspect could not initially start the car so he got out and chased the injured party asking him how to start the car.
Eventually the suspect got the car started and drove away. The car was abandoned and subsequently recovered not far from the scene of the hijacking. The above evofit was supplied for the suspect by the injured party.
- - The hijacked car was a burgundy Mercedes 5 Series. It was abandoned at Creston Avenue a short distance away. Did you see the car in question on the morning of the hijacking?
- - Do you recognise the male suspect in the evofit?
Finglas Garda Station, investigating tel: (01) 666 7500
Gardaí in Tullamore are looking for the public’s assistance in relation to the above individual suspected of involvement in a theft incident in Clara, Co. Offaly at approx. 4pm on 30 August 2021.
The victim was walking along a footpath when the above male leaned out of the passenger seat window of a black Volvo and grabbed the victim’s handbag from around her arm before driving away.
Description of suspect:
- - Male in his late 20’s
- - Black curly hair with a moustache and beard
- - Sallow skin
- - Dark eyes
- - Dark clothes
Tullamore Garda Station, investigating tel: 0579327600
The Gardaí at Finglas Garda Station are continuing to investigate the double murder of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy that occurred on Tuesday the 23 November 2010, 11.40pm approximately at Clearwater Service Station, Finglas,Dublin 11.
Both men travelled to the service station in Mark’s Toyota Avensis. A BMW saloon vehicle registration number 06D13665 pulled into the forecourt of the service station and a number of shots were discharged, both men died at the scene.
The BMW drove out of the service station and travelled onto the Finglas dual carriage way. They travelled onto the M50 and exited at the M50/M1 Junction. They travelled northbound on the M1 and drove through the M1 Toll Plaza at Drogheda, Co. Meath.
- The investigation into Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy’s murder remains an active and open investigation, which is being co-ordinated from an incident room at Finglas Garda station. To date the investigation has developed many lines of enquiry and numerous statements have been taken.
- Gardaí would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their assistance to date. However Gardaí believe that there are individuals out there who, with a passage of time, may now feel ready to assist with the investigation. Gardaí would like to assure these people they will be treated with sensitivity and compassion.
- Garda believe that a BMW 5 series was used by the suspects. Did you see this car either before, during or since the murders? In addition to the known escape route taken to the M1 toll, Gardaí believe that this car was in the Warrenpoint area of Co. Down in the days prior to the murders.
- Do you know who the occupants of this car were on the night in question? Did you see the car or the suspects involved either before or after the murders? Are you in a position to offer that critical piece of information that will help the Noonan and Murphy families get closure? If so, please get in touch.
Finglas Garda Station investigating tel: (01) 666 7500
The Gardaí at Castleblaney are investigating the murder of Paul Quinn at the Tullyvanus area of Co. Monaghan on Saturday, 20 October 2007. Gardaí believe that Paul was lured to a shed by a number of men, which resulted in him being seriously assaulted.
The investigation into Paul’s murder is ongoing and of the utmost priority for An Garda Síochána. An Incident room set up at Castleblayney Garda Station in 2007 remains open and active. In March 2020 a thematic review of this investigation was completed by the Garda Serious Crime Review team.
During the course of this investigation, 23 people have been arrested. This includes 14 persons who were arrested in this jurisdiction by An Garda Síochána, and 9 persons who were arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Gardaí continue to work with their colleagues in the Police Service of Northern Ireland in an effort to solve this crime. As recently as August 2021 detectives from An Garda Síochána and officers from the PSNI Major Investigation Team conducted enquiries in the South Armagh area as part of the investigation.
- The answer to this crime lies within the Cullyhanna, Crossmaglen and wider South Armagh community.
- Up to 10 men are suspected of involvement in the murder of Paul. That’s 10 wives/girlfriends/partners, 10 extended family circles that have information concerning this murder. It is now 14 years since and the appeal is to that wide cohort of individuals to assist the investigation. Loyalties change over time and these people may now be better placed to unburden themselves.
- Specifically, Gardaí are seeking information in relation to a white van with bull-bars attached to the front. This van was used during the crime, and it was known to have been mobile around the South Armagh area prior to Paul’s murder.
- Progress is being made, persons have come forward and assisted the investigation, whom we haven’t spoken to before, but again we are seeking that missing link to solve Paul’s murder. Gardaí would like to assure any potential callers that the information they impart will be treated with sensitivity and compassion.
Carrickmacross Garda Station, investigating tel: 353 42 969 0190
This month on Crimecall Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to talk about An Garda Siochána’s Christmas and New Year Enforcement Campaign 2021 which will commence on the 1 December and will continue right through to the 5 January 2022.
The operation will focus on drink and drug driving. It will see an increase in enforcement in terms of mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints which are checkpoints where Gardai have the power to test drivers for the presence of alcohol and drugs.
During the Enforcement Campaign for the Christmas period in 2020 there were 567 people arrested for drink driving and 225 people arrested for drug driving.
There were 23 people arrested on Christmas Eve and 15 arrested on Christmas Day so our Roads Policing members will be out there every day over the Christmas period posting checkpoints throughout the country.
The number of people arrested for drug driving in 2020 was double the number arrested for the same period in 2019. This year has seen this trend continue with almost 3000 people arrested so far since 1st January on suspicion of drug driving.
Since April 2017 Gardai have the power to carry out roadside drug testing. This is done by analysing a saliva sample at the roadside and if it shows the presence of drugs the person will then be arrested and taken to a Garda station where they will be required to provide a blood sample. This is then sent to the Medical Bureau of Road Safety where it is analysed and it is the result of this examination that is used by Gardai as evidence in court.
Figures show that over 3600 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving since the 1st January this year. Penalties for drink driving range from 3 months to 6 years disqualification, a fine of up to €5000 or 6 months imprisonment. Alcohol is a factor in 38% of all fatal crashes.
Garda Corcoran asked people going out socialising this Christmas to plan ahead. Leave the car at home and arrange an alternative mode of transport to take you home. People should also be mindful of driving the next morning after a night out. Make sure enough time has elapsed to allow the alcohol to pass through your system.
- Never, ever Drink/Drug drive
- Book a taxi or use public transport
- Nominate a Designated Driver
- Make sure you are Alcohol free the next morning
Gardaí at Trim station are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the body of a man found at a former council yard at Bracetown, Ratoath, Co. Meath on the 18 April 1991.
The remains of the deceased man were found by council workers in the early morning as they began work for the day. The workers informed the authorities and upon investigation it was established that the man’s death wasn’t suspicious nor was there any foul play suspected.
Unfortunately the man did not have any documentation that would allow for his identification. Sergeant Alan Dowley, (Retired), led the investigation to identify the deceased man and return him to family and loved ones. Unfortunately the man’s identity was not established and he was buried at a St. Mary’s cemetery at Navan, Co Meath.
A fresh review of the case was conducted by Gardai in early 2021 which led to an exhumation being performed last August, in the hope of retrieving a DNA profile for comparison. Unfortunately, a DNA sample could not be generated. Numerous witnesses were re-interviewed but despite extensive efforts made by local Gardaí in conjunction with the Garda Missing Persons Bureau, the man has still not been identified.
A portrait artist was subsequently tasked with producing a sketch of the man’s face based on photographs taken at the time. The man is described as follows:
- Approx. 5’5 in height
- Approx. 45 to 55 years old
- Medium Build
- Approx. 8st to 10st Weight
- Light Brown Hair, receding on Forehead and grey on sides
- Brown Eyes
- Grey Herringbone Tweed Jacket
- Label ‘Taldy Madrid’
- White ‘Luigi Rossi’ Shirt
- A red vest
- Grey Trousers with ‘C&A Label (Size 46)
- Black Leather Zip Up Boots (Size 8)
- 20 Pence in coins in Pocket with a St Christopher Medal
- This is not a criminal investigation – It is to identify this man and notify his loved ones
- Body exhumed from the cemetery in Navan on 25/8/21, whilst Gardaí have so far been unable to generate a DNA sample, it was established that the deceased may have had an issue with his right knee which may have caused him pain or discomfort and he may have had a limp.
- He may be either Irish or from the UK. Interviews taken during the course of the investigation suggest that he may have been from Liverpool or Scotland but Gardaí are keeping an open mind on this.
- It maybe that something brought him to this area, be it a family member or childhood connection.
- Gardaí also believe that he may have been in the area sleeping rough for up to a week prior to being discovered.
Trim Garda Station, investigating tel: (046) 948 1540