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If you have cash stolen in a robbery, can you get it back?

You can, but it’s not easy.

BEING THE VICTIM of a crime is bad enough.

Even if you have insurance, replacing items such as jewellery and electronics is a pain.

But what if you have cash that’s stolen? Can you get that back if gardaí manage to recover all or part of it?

That was the basis of a parliamentary question put down by Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin.

He had asked the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald if the cash was recoverable or, in cases where cash is being held in evidence, if that money can be used to reimburse the victim.

Fitzgerald told her colleague that the matter was one for the gardaí, but a Garda spokesperson told that cash can be claimed – if it can be established that it belonged to the victim.

This isn’t always easy, but it can be done.

“It’s not always the case that we can’t do it, it can be done.

“There are a number of pointers that we use to satisfy the investigators where cash forms part of the investigation.”

The gardaí recommend that as a crime prevention measure, and to avoid hassle, people shouldn’t keep large amounts of cash lying around the house.

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