Gardai have appealed to householders, businesses and schools in South Tipperary to step up their security in the wake of a spate of burglaries around the county over the past week.
Officers investigating the crime spree believe many of the break-ins have been carried out by burglars travelling around the South East at the moment.
Jewellery and cash are their main targets and most of the break-ins are taking place in the dark evenings between 5pm and 9pm.
Det. Sgt. Seamus Maher of Clonmel Garda Station said the burglars are targeting houses when their occupants are out and the homes are visibly in darkness.
He said gardai have mounted checkpoints manned by Detective Branch officers at locations around the Clonmel Garda Division over the past week as part of their investigations into the spate of burglaries. Crime prevention advice has been given to motorists at these checkpoints.
The latest burglaries occurred in Kilsheelan and Fethard on Monday evening. Two houses were broken into at Slievenamon Road and Park Road, Ivowen, Kilsheelan while the two houses burgled in Fethard were located at Abbey View and St. Patrickâ€™s Place.
Det. Sgt. Maher appealed to anyone who saw a silver car or any suspicious activity such as people going from house to house in Kilsheelan and Fethard on Monday evening to contact Clonmel Garda Station.
Gardai in Cahir are investigating the burglary of two houses at Mullally Gardens and one located at Barnora in the town last Friday. A house at The Steeples in Cashel was burgled on the same day.
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