Burglaries have increased in the county, with both local and visiting criminals believed to be involved.
Around €100,000 was taken from a safe in a private house in a residential area of Killarney on July 8-9. It is believed the safe was set into a floor and covered by carpet.
The occupants were not at home at the time and did not discover the break-in until they returned the following day.
Last March, thieves made off with around €40,000 and jewellery after tearing a safe from a wall in another house, in Killarney.
Separately, Thomas Coffey, aged 36, of 69 Fountain Court, based in Tralee, and Batty Coffey, aged 31, of 55 Gallowsfield, Tralee, have been charged with stealing €70,000 from a house outside Killarney on the day of the Munster football final in the town, July 5.
Kerry crime prevention officer Sgt James Foley, based in Tralee, yesterday said people should not keep too much cash in their homes, adding that while safes were essential they were not absolutely secure.
“We’re asking people to look at putting in safes which delay burglars, and other security systems. Security begins in the home and by not having money at home,’’ he emphasised.
Sgt Foley said there was no longer any need for people to keep large amounts of cash as there were more secure ways of providing for the “rainy day”, such as education policies, income protection and illness policies, which reduced the need to keep cash.
Thefts from farms are also on the rise and gardaí nationally have advised farmers to mark their machinery properly. Farmers who never previously bothered to lock gates leading to their lands, or sheds in their farmyards, have been urged by gardaí to become more security-conscious.
Both private houses and businesses are being targeted. In Knocknagoshel, north Co Kerry, for instance, upwards of €15,000 worth of brass was taken from a warehouse. The fittings are identifiable from the letters ‘ACL’ and attempts may be made to sell them on.
Some business premises in Caherciveen town centre have been hit, with damage being caused by burglars gaining entry. They got away with only a small amount of money in all cases.
Pay-parking machines at car parks in Maine St and Edward St, Tralee, have also been damaged.