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Dublin: 3°C Thursday 21 January 2021

The gardaí have taken over this lovely semi-d to teach us a lesson about burglars

In fairness, we don’t think they need to worry about burglars at this particular house. It’s full of gardaí, and there’s cameras everywhere.

WE ALREADY LOVE the Garda Twitter account – always quick with the advice, and occasionally providing authoritative answers to the country’s burning questions.

They also provide longer updates – and offbeat pictures (like the one below) on their popular Facebook page.

gar4 Source: Facebook/An Garda Siochána

In their latest online venture – the force have produced a short Youtube video focusing on home security.

Sergeants Kelvin Courtney and Alan Roughneen appear have commandeered a very nice looking semi-d in the suburbs as the venue for their instructional clip.

It’s all part of their new home security drive – and obviously, there’s a serious message.

We couldn’t help noting though – who-ever’s on editing duty, seems be very fond INDEED of this sort of transition…


It’s all very 1970s…




You can watch the full video below…

And while the editing is a little distracting – these are the messages they’re keen to get across:

  • 2 out of 3 burglaries are residential burglaries
  • There was a 4% rise in reported residential burglaries last year
  • The most likely entry point for a burglar is a door – front door 27%, rear door 25%
  • On average 1 in 5 intruders enter through an unsecured door or window; this rises to almost 1 in 3 in June
  • There were over 200 cases of car keys fished from letterboxes in 2014
  • Mid size cars (1400 cc to 160cc engines) are more likely to be taken

Source: GardaPressOffice/YouTube

And they’re recommending the following:

  • Secure all doors and windows
  • Light up your home and use timer switches on lights for when you are out
  • Store keys safely and away from windows and letterboxes
  • Record details of valuables and don’t keep large cash amounts at home
  • Use your alarm, even when you are at home

And – of course – keep those car keys away from the letterbox:


All pics & gifs: An Garda Siochána

More details on their home security drive here

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