Thefts reported from churches

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Thefts reported from churches

Thefts were reported in the Strokestown parish in recent weeks with reports that small sums of money were taken from the candelabras in both Carniska and Strokestown Churches.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai in Strokestown on (071) 9633002.

Lead and copper theft

Boyle Gardai are appealing for assistance from the public after the theft of copper and lead valued at €1,000 from two homes in the Silverroe area last week.

The thefts occurred sometime between August 2 and August 5 last.

Anyone who can assist gardai with their enquiries is asked to contact Boyle Garda Station on (071) 9664620.

Batteries stolen

Gardai are also appealing for information after batteries were stolen from temporary traffic lights in place on the Carrick Road, Elphin between August 1 and August 2.

Contact the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Warning issued

Gardai are urging homeowners to ensure that all farm and gardening equipment is kept locked away in a secure shed when not in use.

The warning comes as more reports of the theft of garden equipment such as strimmers and lawnmowers as well as farm equipment like quads, come to light.

Gardai stress that all farm and gardening equipment should be immediately locked away in a secure shed as soon as use is finished. Keys should never be left with equipment such as ride-on mowers.

Ensure that all sheds are properly locked and restrict access to farm yards by securing all access gates.

Holiday advice

Garda are also reminding people to avoid putting holiday details up on social media. The message is that you should save the publication of your holiday snaps until after your return.

If you are going away from your home for an extended period notify a trusted neighbour and ask them to check the property regularly. Cancel all milk or paper deliveries and put a timer in place which will automatically switch on lights in various rooms throughout the house.