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Gardai issue 'streetwise' guide to not getting robbed while out and about

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Many of the most common crimes occur between Friday and Sunday
Many of the most common crimes occur between Friday and Sunday

Gardai have released a set of 'streetwise' guidelines to ensure the safety of you and your personal belongings while out and about.

As part of the National Crime Prevention Day of Action, gardai have released figures and advice on how the public can protect themselves and their property while outside their home.

Gardai are advising people to take some commonsense steps to minimise the risk to themselves and their property. 

An infograph released by An Garda Siochana shows that:

  • 1 In 4 mobile phones were stolen between midnight and 4am
  • 1 In 4 outdoor robberies happen between midnight and 4am
  • Half of all thefts from persons and robbery from persons happen between Friday & Sunday
  • Over half of all assaults happen between Friday and Sunday
 
As part of a National Crime Prevention Day of Action, Gardai are advising people to take some common sense steps to minimise the risk to themselves and their property. 
 
This "streetwise” approach includes: 
  1. Planning your journey, telling someone where you’re going, and using well lit routes to get there 
  2. Being observant and concealing your valuables 
  3. Avoiding making mobile phone calls in public places, but if you have to make or receive a call in public, always do so with your back up against a wall or a shop window etc so that you can see around you and reduce the opportunity to be attacked from behind 
  4. Being wary of strangers and avoiding confrontation 
"We want people to enjoy themselves when out, and taking a few easy steps can greatly reduce the chances of their day or night being ruined.
 
"These include remaining observant, be conscious of your alcohol intake, don’t make it easy for a thief to take your phone by leaving it on the table, and avoid walking in dark locations. Working together, we can reduce the opportunities available to criminals,” said Sergeant Alan Roughneen of the National Crime Prevention Unit. 
 
The National Crime Prevention Day of Action will see Gardaí around the country engage with communities to provide practical advice to enhance personal safety and security.