05 Jul

Garda Summertime Safety Campaign

An Garda Síochána have launched a Garda Summertime Safety Campaign, and have asked us to pass on this useful information to all our members.

Tidy Gardens
· Over €1.8 million worth of property was stolen from sheds/garages and gardens in summer burglaries and thefts in the last 12 months.

· Tools, gardening equipment and bicycles made up the majority of the value of property stolen from sheds/garages and gardens (around €1.4 million).

· Burglaries and thefts from sheds/garages and gardens increased by one third in the summer (+33%) despite residential burglaries generally decreasing in this time.

As part of the Garda ‘Summertime Safety’ campaign the public are encouraged to improve their home security by tidying up gardens and securing sheds / garages.

An untidy lawn gives the impression of a vacant home which is more likely to be targeted by burglars. Overgrown hedges or bushes can provide cover for burglars. Ladders and tools left unsecured are often used by burglars to gain entry to homes. The increase in theft of bikes from gardens in the summer versus the winter (+74%) is much greater than the increase of theft of bikes from sheds/garages (+27%). This is possibly connected to people leaving their bikes out around their homes rather than putting them away when not in use in the summer.

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29 Nov

Neighbourhood Watch – Winter 2016 Update

lock-up-light-upAs the days get shorter, it is timely for all of us to take steps to ensure that our homes are not an easy target for potential burglars. We attended a recent Garda briefing for representative bodies in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and wish to share the following words of advice from them. Please also take time to consider the relevant sections in An Garda Síochána – Operation Thor’s Lock Up Light Up Campaign 2016 (the links to the PDF leaflets are on the right hand side of the page), in particular the “Lock Up and Light Up” campaign.

 

  • Turn on and leave on some lights in the house. Timer switches are a cheap and easy option to keep your home lit up if you are going to be away. If you have external lighting, take some time to check that the bulbs are ok and that the sensors are working.
  • When leaving the house unattended, check that doors and windows are securely locked. A Chubb lock (or similar type) is recommended for your front door for additional security.
  • Cars are a popular target for burglars. “Fishing” the keys through the front door letterbox does happen so please don’t leave keys visible and accessible in the front porch. Store your keys away from windows and letterboxes.
  • Other than cars, cash and Jewellery are the most popular items for burglars. If you have a home safe, don’t store it in the wardrobe of your bedroom – it’s the first place burglars look. Please don’t keep large amounts of cash or valuable jewellery in the home if at all possible.
  • If you do have valuables in your home, keep a record of them. Take a photo, record the serial number (for bikes etc.). The Gardaí do recover property from time to time and you have a number better chance of recovery if you have a record/identification of the items in question.
  • Check that your alarm is working properly, and we recommend you get it serviced by a reputable licensed firm if you are not sure. (You can search for a registered contractor here: www.psa.gov.ie/en/PSA/webContract?OpenForm.) We recommend that you consider using the perimeter setting (0#7) when you are at home in the house. If you are the victim of a burglary, please report it to the Gardaí and let your local Neighbourhood Watch representative know about the event.
  • Please keep an eye out for your neighbours and their property, especially if your neighbour is elderly and/or living on their own. The local Neighbourhood Watch representative will be happy to meet with anyone who needs assistance in protecting their home and property against unwanted intrusion.
    An Garda Síochána Leaflet – Personal Safety Security for the Older Person

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.

28 Jun

NW – Garda Mobile Support

We would like to highlight the new “Garda Mobile Support” service.

This service is being introduced to assist those older persons who are unable to make their way to their local Garda station.

It is a service that will provide advice and/or the necessary stamping of documents at people’s homes.

Phone: Blackrock Community Policing Unit:
01 6665200 or 01 6665220

Phone: Dundrum Community Policing Unit:
01 666 5600 or 01 666 5620

Email: blackrock_ds@garda.ie

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14 Apr

Rogue Traders – Newspaper Delivery

It has come to our attention that some houses may have had handwritten notes put through their doors advertising free newspaper deliveries, (click here to view this note). Please treat these notes with suspicion. Paul in Lynam’s has received a notice in response to this practice from the CSNA (Convenience Stores & Newagents Association), notifying customers that these are not agents of Independent Newspapers. (Click here to view this notice.)

In case you have trouble reading the notice, the relevant points are the following:

From: CSNA – Convenience Stores & Newsagents Association
Beware Rogue Traders
Every householder needs to have confidence that people entering their property are acting in a legal fashion. You may have recently been approached by canvassers offering Independent Newspapers delivered to your home. Independent Newspapers have informed retailers that they are unaware of this offer and that canvassers are NOT agents of theirs.

01 Mar

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting – Follow-up

Neighbourhood WatchDespite it being quite a stormy night, there was a good turn-out at our Neighbourhood Watch meeting in The Goat on Monday 8th February. Present were Superintendent John Hand, Sergeant Ivan Howlin and Community Garda Emma Woodlock, all of whom spoke in turn about the importance of Neighbourhood Watch, how it works, and how it benefits both the local community and the Gardaí. They also gave some practical advice relating to simple ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s around the house.

We’ve set up a separate section with more detail about how it all works, and we’ve listed all the advice given. Click here to go to the Neighbourhood Watch section.

We are also in the process of setting up a text alert system. We are endeavouring to collect as many mobile numbers as possible, and intend to have it set up shortly.

26 Jan

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting – Monday 8th Feb, The Goat

Following on from the delivery and collection of forms before Christmas, we are now moving on to the next stage of setting up Neighbourhood Watch. Thanks to all who filled out the forms and are in support of setting it up. A special thanks to all who have volunteered to be street coordinators.

The next stage is a general meeting with members of An Garda Síochána to discuss how it works and what is involved. We are holding this meeting at 8pm, on Monday 8th February, upstairs in The Goat Pub. All residents are invited.

We are endeavouring to get the message out about this meeting to as many people as possible. Please tell your neighbours if you think there is a chance they may not be aware this meeting is being held.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in The Goat on Monday 8th at 8pm.

25 Nov

Setting Up Neighbourhood Watch

Over the last few weeks we have attempted to call into every  home in the Association’s catchment area. The purpose of these visits was to ask householders to fill out a form for the Gardaí, to ensure there is enough interest in setting up Neighbourhood Watch. We have now sent all the forms back to the Gardaí, and we hope to get Neighbourhood Watch up and running very shortly. We are planning to have a meeting in The Goat at the start of February. More information to follow…