Irish criminals using battering rams and hi-tech gadgets in robberies
Brazen burglars are using battering rams as well as hi-tech equipment to target homes and elderly people in rural areas, according to a security expert.
Fairco Windows and Doors managing director, Jim Toal, has highlighted how tech-savy crooks are buying electric-signal jammers disguised as cigarette boxes for little as €40.
Burlgars are also using walkie-talkies and drones are being widely used by gangs in areas close to the M50 and other major motorways, he revealed.
Mr Toal said he was called out to more than 12 burglaries across the country on a weekly basis to offer crime-prevention advice.
"By virtue of us being out there and seeing so many burglaries in a week, how many other companies are attending to other burglaries?
"The day of the opportunistic burglar is gone. The new generation plan and execute their burglaries professionally," he said.
Gardaí in Dublin are currently investigating a number of burglaries in the capital, where criminals are suspected of using jammers to prevent alarms activating.
The warning comes as police in the Britain investigate a spate of burglaries that occurred after criminals targeted bungalows and removed the first four rows of roof tiles to enter family homes.
They then left the bungalows through the front door.
Mr Toal said of the new generation of burglars: "When it comes to more sophisticated alarm systems, burglary teams are taking the chance that the alarm is monitored through the phone line and simply remotely copying the (internet) address of the transmission system and jamming the alarm.
"These transmission jammers are readily available to would-be thieves for as little as €40 and are operational up to a 30-metre radius."
According to Mr Toal, the only way to prevent a burglary is to make your home impenetrable with expensive locks and windows.