Diesel and scrap theft on the rise

There were over 100 thefts of diesel, scrap metals, tools and other similar items in Portlaoise Town over the last three months.

There were over 100 thefts of diesel, scrap metals, tools and other similar items in Portlaoise Town over the last three months.

Superintendent Yvonne Lundon told councillors at last week’s Portlaoise Town Joint Policing meeting that theft of diesel and other items were on the rise.

“Diesel is a lucrative item to steal, it’s quickly emptied and very hard to trace once it’s gone.”

She advised people to do their best to keep their property as asecure as possible.

“We are investigating crimes like this at both a district and regional level.

“Scrap is always attractive too, as it’s hard for us to trace once it’s been sold on,” she said.

Cllr Kathleen O’Brien said the theft of diesel and scrap was a major worry for people.

“It is a major worry, people are living in fear,” she said.

The number of burglaries in the last quarter also increased.

“Burglaries have seen an increase of three to 36,” Supt Lundon said.

“This is a trend we see with the brighter evenings.”

The Supt said there had also been a significant increase in theft from vehicles.

She appealed to the public not to leave items such as mobile phones or laptops on display in their cars.

There was also two thefts from the person in the last quarter, while theft from a shop seen a sharp drop of 27% in the last three months, with just 37 incidents reported.