Gardaí has urged the public to exercise caution over the St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday weekend after a spate of mobile phone thefts in Dublin.
Ardaí has made several arrests and prosecutions following robbery incidents in Dublin city center in recent weeks.
A garda spokesman highlighted one such incident, in which uniformed officers searched two hotel rooms in north Dublin on Sunday 13 and recovered six stolen mobile phones, each of which had been wrapped in aluminum foil to prevent tracking.
A man in his twenties has since been arrested and charged.
He appeared in Dublin District Court on Monday March 14 for the offense of receiving stolen goods and was taken into police custody.
Two of the mobile phones have been returned to their owners to date and gardaí continues to locate the owners of the other devices.
During a separate investigation, Gardaí recovered two stolen mobile phones and a handbag while patrolling Camden Street in the early hours of Sunday morning March 13.
A man in his 30s was arrested when the items were found in his possession.
He has since been charged in connection with that investigation and was released on bail to appear in court on April 6. The phones were successfully returned to their owners.
Gardaí has now urged the public to exercise caution as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations resume after two years of cancellations due to the pandemic.
Young people in particular are urged to be vigilant when celebrating this weekend and to take steps to ensure their personal safety.
Gardaí has published a list of practical measures that can prevent the theft of mobile phones before the weekend.
Steps include registering your mobile phone with your service provider; carefully write down your unique 15-digit IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of your mobile phone; Activate the PIN code security feature and keep your phone locked at all times; keep your cell phone out of public view when you are on the street; make phone calls with their back to the wall to reduce the risk of being attacked from behind; and do not leave your mobile phone in an unattended vehicle.
Gardaí has also included steps to take if your mobile phone is lost or stolen, including contacting your mobile phone service provider immediately to suspend your service and report the loss or theft to An Garda Síochána, providing the numbers identification of your SIM card and your IMEI number.