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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.
May 31st 2015, 7:30 AM 33,269 31

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…

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It’s all very 1970s…

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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:

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All pics & gifs: An Garda Siochána

More details on their home security drive here

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