Gardai are advising hill walkers and tourists to be extra careful when parking cars at beauty spots around the county this Easter Bank-Holiday.
Over the last month Gardai in Wicklow have seen an increase in reports of theft from vehicles, thieves are targeting beauty spots and car parks.
Superintendent Declan McCarthy said “We want people to enjoy their day out in the Wicklow Mountains and beauty spots, we are appealing to people parking in the uplands to take the following measures to protect their vehicles:
- Avoid leaving bags, clothing etc on view within the vehicle;
- Open the glove box, and where possible, the lid on the boot, to show there is nothing in the vehicle;
- Remove portable sat navs including cradle and suction pads; also wipe any suction marks off the windscreen;
- If you must leave valuables in the boot, put them in before you arrive at the parking location;
- Secure the vehicle;
- Report all break-ins or damage to vehicles;
- Watch for, and report, suspicious any activity by dialling 999.
Superintendent McCarthy added “We would also like motorists to be mindful of where they park, car parks are available at Luggala and Laragh, please do not park on double yellow lines and wood entrances as this could hinder entry for Emergency Services,”