Homeowners are warned to watch over their properties as the number of burglaries went from six in Spring, to 13 for April, May and June in Mountmellick.
“It was a bad time for burglaries,” said Inspector Aidan Farrelly at the recent JPC meeting.
He said some of the crimes mayhave been carried out by a gang who worked in a sweep from Limerick to the south east of Ireland, since arrested.
“They would knock at a door, then if there was no answer, break in and take cash and jewellery. They will be charged with what we can prove,” said Inspt Farrelly, urged anyone going away to ask neighbours to watch their property.
Cllr Lisa Delaney blamed notices on social media sites.
“People’s lack of cop-on with facebook and twitter, saying ‘i’m going to such a place’, telling the whole country. Is it any wonder there is going to be a spate, those sites are not secure,” she said.
Bogus callers were highlighted by Cllr Bobby Delaney.
“In Silverwood, people were going door to door claiming to be from the council or Cluid,” he said.