People Encouraged To "Remove Pay-Off" To Help Reduce Thefts From Cars

Small things people can do include not leaving valuables in cars and make sure the doors are locked.

The latest public appeal from Gardai has a particular focus on a midlands town.

Officers in Laois and Offaly are asking people in the midlands, particularly in Edenderry, to help reduce the number of thefts from cars, by ‘removing the pay-off.’ 

They say it’s one of the most preventable crimes, and only requires a change of habits, such as removing the valuables from your vehicle and locking the doors.

Some other tips issued by Gardai include parking near CCTV and under street lights, and installing an alarm in your car.

They’re advising the public the most common items stolen from a vehicle are clothing, money, electrical items and banking cards.

Laois Offaly Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Graham Kavanagh, is reminding us to Park Smart:

"Remove all valuables from your car when parked. Lock and use vehicle alarm. 

Store keys away from front door to avoid key fishing or relay theft crimes. 

And report all suspicious persons or concerns."

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