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Be Careful Gardaí warn of mobile phone thefts ahead of St Patrick's Day bank holiday

Younger people in particular are urged to be vigilant while celebrating this weekend and to take measures to ensure personal safety.

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This year will see the first St Patrick’s Day parades since 2019

This year will see the first St Patrick’s Day parades since 2019

This year will see the first St Patrick’s Day parades since 2019

Gardaí have urged the public to be cautious over the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend after a series of mobile phone thefts in Dublin.

Gardaí have made several arrests and prosecutions following incidents of theft in Dublin city centre in recent weeks.

A garda spokesperson highlighted one such incident, in which uniformed officers searched two hotel rooms in North Dublin on Sunday, 13th and recovered six stolen mobile phones, which had each been wrapped in tin foil to prevent tracking.

A man in his 20s was arrested and has since been charged.

He appeared before Dublin District Court on Monday 14th March for the offence of handling stolen property and was remanded in custody.

Two of the mobile phones have been returned to their owners to date and gardaí are continuing to locate the owners of the other devices.

During a separate investigation, gardaí recovered two stolen mobile phones and a purse during patrols on Camden Street in the early hours of Sunday morning, 13th March.

A man in his 30s was arrested when the items were found in his possession.

He has since been charged in relation to this investigation and was released on bail to appear before court on 6th April. The phones were successfully returned to their owners.

Gardaí have now urged the public to exercise caution as St Patrick’s Day celebrations resume after two years of cancellations due to the pandemic.

Younger people in particular are urged to be vigilant while celebrating this weekend and to take measures to ensure personal safety.

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Gardaí published a list of practical measures that can prevent mobile phone theft ahead of the weekend.

Steps include registering your mobile phone with your service provider; taking careful note of your unique 15 digit mobile phone International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number; enabling the PIN Security feature and keeping your phone locked at all times; keeping your mobile phone out of public view when on the streets; making phone calls with your back to a wall to reduce the opportunity to be attacked from behind; and not leaving your mobile phone in an unattended vehicle.

Gardaí also included steps to take if your mobile phone is lost or stolen, which include contacting your mobile phone service provider immediately to suspend your service and reporting the loss or theft to An Garda Síochána, providing identification numbers for your SIM card and IMEI number.

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