GOOD NEIGHBOURLINESS IS IMPORTANT SAFEGUARD AGAINST CRIME, MONAGHAN PUBLIC POLICING MEETING TOLD

30 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The importance of being a good neighbour and watching out for others in local communities was emphasised by the Crime Prevention Officer for the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division, Sergeant Noel Haraghy, in a comprehensive presentation to the recent public meeting of the Monaghan Town Joint Policing Committee.
Sergeant Haraghy imparted a wide range of practical home security advice and also advised the public to take precautionary steps when using ATM machines, and to be on the alert for bogus callers to their homes and for e-mail and text message scams.
At the outset of his presentation, Sergeant Haraghy pointed out that there had been 658 burglaries in Co Monaghan in 2011, which worked out at 55 per month or 15 per week. So far this year, these numbers would be down slightly locally.
Cash and jewellery were the main items taken, but also taken had been laptops, car keys, mobile phones, TVs, cameras and game consoles. “Anything that has value and is movable is likely to be stolen,” he stated.
The Crime Prevention Officer pointed out that metal theft had increased in recent times. ‘For Sale’ signs on houses often attracted criminals, and he advised the public to …

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