Security Update December

While December bring a time of good will and festivities, we would ask you be extra vigilant during this time. If you notice any suspicious activity, please report in to Rathfarnham Garda Station.

Our homes are sanctuaries where we should feel safe and secure. We get alot of people calling at our doors at this time of year for charities and that includes Christmas Carols singers. While many are for causes, always remember they may be alterior motives behind the innocent collection. Be aware that they may be trying to establish if your house is a potential target.

If answering the door to charity collectors or carol singers

  • Ensure your back door and windows are locked.
  • Turn on your lights
  • Thank them and say no and contact the charity directly for a donation
  • If you decide to give money, do not leave your door unattended. Close your door and then return with this money
  • Keep an eye from your window on what they do next. If there is anything suspicious please contact the Garda.

In general, during the winter months, it’s important to take extra steps to deter potential burglaries.

These are straightforward steps to minimize the risk of burglary:

  • Secure all windows and doors.
  • Install a monitored alarm.
  • Light up your home and use timer switches when out.
  • Fit a door viewer/chain/limiter.
  • Keep your front and back doors locked day and night.
  • Don’t keep spare keys outside – instead ensure your neighbour has a spare key for emergencies.
  • Photograph your personal belongings, e.g. jewellery and keep these on file.
  • Do not open your door to anyone before you’ve checked who it is and what they want.
  • Mark your property and record serial numbers where appropriate.
  • Do not leave strangers unattended at your door.
  • Ensure your back door is locked when you answer a call to your front door.
  • Do not keep large amounts of cash at home.
  • Know your neighbours, develop rapport and offer to keep an eye on each other’s homes,
    especially when away