29 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Co Monaghan public were strongly advised by the Gardaí this week to take the proper precautions to prevent the theft of gardening equipment from private homes and community and sporting property.
Speaking at Monday’s meeting of Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee, Garda Chief Superintendent Jim Sheridan urged members of the public and community groups to be on the alert to prevent the theft of lawn-mowers and other gardening items, which he said could be very prevalent in the Co Monaghan area at the time of year they were now heading into.
Asking the public to take care of gardening equipment and tools, the Chief Superintendent said that such items should not be left outdoor unattended after use, even for relatively short periods of time.
“A lot of crime is opportunistic and is preventable if people take the necessary precautions,” he stated.
Colr P J O’Hanlon said the public should be aware of crime prevention issues and he hoped the message in relation to the protection of gardening equipment would go out through the local media and local meetings.
Chief Superintendent Sheridan said the Gardaí appreciated the assistance they got from the media in highlighting these issues.
“Unfortunately in some cases it appears to fall on deaf ears,” he remarked.

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