Gardaí in Carlow and Kilkenny have received a number of reports regarding break ins to garden sheds, garages and lock ups adjacent to dwellings in the last 10 days.
The culprits are targeting tools, power tools, and gardening equipment.
Gardaí are asking that people take the time to review their security around their homes as we come into the winter months and dark evenings.
In particular houses and garages, sheds and outhouses should be locked and secured at all times.
Gardaí are asking people residing in Kilkenny and Carlow join their local Community Text Alert Group. Contact should be made with your local Garda Station for details of coordinators and how to join.
They have also issued the following advice:
External dusk to dawn white LED lighting should be considered for dark areas around your home.
Internal lights should be timed to come on as dusk falls. This will give the appearance of the house / building being occupied.
Consider an alarm for your home. If you have an alarm use it at all times. It should be extended to your garage / shed.
Mark your property both covertly and overtly. Marked property is less likely to be stolen and more likely to be identified and returned to its rightful owner if recovered.
Photograph your property.
Consider GPS trackers for property such as ride on lawnmowers, trailers, caravans, and construction vehicles.
CCTV should be considered where you have a large volume of property stored.
Please log onto www.garda.ie for further Crime Prevention Advice, and visit the Kilkenny Carlow Garda Facebook page, or contact Crime Prevention Officer Peter McConnon at Kilkenny Garda Station on (056) 7775091.
You can also fill out the An Garda Síochána's Crime Prevention Information Sheet by clicking here.