Owners of holiday homes in south Kerry are being asked to check their properties, following a spate of recent burglaries.
Gardaí are investigating reported break-ins at up to a dozen such homes, but believe other homes, unused during the winter months, may also have been hit.
Most of the houses targeted were in the Waterville and Caherdaniel areas, both of which have large numbers of holiday properties.
Television sets and other electrical appliances are the main targets and a number of houses were also damaged as the burglars forced their way in. It is believed the crime spree took place mainly in December and January.
Gardaí have urged home owners, or people who look after properties for holiday home owners, to carry out checks and to report break-ins.
“We believe the incidents are connected and if any person noted any suspicious in their areas during the Christmas/ January period, especially, to contact us,’’ said a Garda spokesman.
He also called for united action in communities to prevent crime and urged people to keep an eye on vacant properties, and on elderly people living alone, in their areas.
Meanwhile, gardaí in Kerry have issued a second warning to homeowners to be aware that people posing as workmen installing water meters are going around the county.
Last week, a large sum of money was taken from a house in the Castlemaine area as part of what has become a countrywide scam. Criminals are posing as workmen and looking for cash payments for putting in the meters.
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