How to deal with a house-hunting panic
Dubliners are being urged to stay calm after an epidemic of house-hacking.
The number of burglaries has jumped to more than 2,000 per day in the past month, with most of the crimes being committed by people who have moved to the city and want to move back.
The Dublin city police said the burglaries are the result of people “trying to find a way into houses to rob them”.
“We have seen a surge in the number of people coming into the city from outside the city, particularly in the north, the south, and the west,” Dublin police said.
The garda service is asking people who are concerned about their safety to contact them via the phone.The Gardaí have issued an alert on social media and Twitter, urging people to be vigilant.””
We will continue to look at the wider context and work with the gardaí to address it in the right way.”
The garda service is asking people who are concerned about their safety to contact them via the phone.The Gardaí have issued an alert on social media and Twitter, urging people to be vigilant.
“If you see a suspicious person in your neighbourhood, don’t hesitate to speak to them,” a garda said on Twitter.
“It is not a crime if you think it is.
If you see someone with a red bag, ask them to put the bag away.”
There is a significant risk to public health in a city like Dublin, with the majority of the victims coming from the capital.
“The number one concern is the safety of people in public places,” said Detective Inspector Brendan Connolly of the Dublin Metropolitan Police.
“Our officers work with our partners to address the threat of house hacking and we would urge anyone who is worried about a house to speak with us and the Garda.”
We also advise people to report any suspicious behaviour to the Gardai.
“The number and types of crimes reported to the gardai are limited.”
These offences are mainly occurring in public areas, especially in the west and the south,” said Connolly.”
In some cases we’ve been able to trace people who’ve moved from elsewhere and they’re not being tracked back to their home address.
“Some of the people who we’re interested in are not the ones who have previously been reported, but there are people who might have moved from their home and that’s where we would like to look.”
A house-guarding officer is posted outside the home of a man suspected of burglary in the Dublin suburb of Cavan, in south Dublin.
Source: Alamy Stock PhotoThe Dublin City Council said a number of initiatives are being put in place to help to prevent the spread of househacking, including: