Schools and business are being urged by Gardaí not to store cash in the premises over the weekends especially at this time of year.
Laois Offaly Crime Prevention Officer for Laois and Offaly Sergt Graham Kavanagh is asking schools and business owners to think about whether they need to keep cash in their premises overnight and over weekends.
Sgt Kavanagh says schools particularly are a target at times leading up to cash-generating school events and his advice is these funds should be lodged in financial institutions.
"The criminal knows that school's collect money and therefore attracts a risk. Small business owners are asked to avoid storing cash in cash boxes and tills and to secure it effectively or lodge it in bank/night safe," he warned.