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Criminals are fishing your keys out through your letterbox and exporting the cars

Phishing: Car owners are having their keys stolen through their letterboxes
Phishing: Car owners are having their keys stolen through their letterboxes

A special operation called Operation Waste has seen over 50 vehicles destined to be exported confiscated by Gardai in the last 18 months.

Operation Waste - a joint venture by Dublin Metropolitan Region Garda Traffic Divisionand Dublin City Council’s Waste Management Team - was established to combat the use of public roads by uninsured, untested and dangerously loaded vehicles arriving at Dublin Port, destined for export to West Africa.

Since its inception in September 2014, the operation has seen over 50 vehicles including cars and articulated trucks detained for either no insurance or no certificate of road-worthiness.

Three stolen vehicles including an Audi Q7, a Toyota Avensis and a Mercedes Benz S350 have been recovered before they could be exported, Gardai said. 

Also utilising ANPR technology Gardai have recovered a further 11 stolen vehicles parked in communal areas of housing and industrial estates, where it is believed they were being prepared for export.

"The majority of these vehicles had been stolen during the course of burglaries or the keys had been fished out through the letterbox of homes", a Garda spokesperson said. 

"As a result we wish to advise all home owners that cars keys should be stored in a safe and secure place in the home and away a safe distance from Front Door letter box’s to avoid their phishing out by thieves and burglars."