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Armed Checkpoints on Donegal Border as Gardaí tackle crime wave

Gardaí advising use of security devices

Donegal is experiencing an increase in crime numbers prompting Gardaí to establish a number of high visibility checkpoints “in order to deter criminals and gather intelligence.” 

The checkpoints were set up along the Donegal border this week by armed detectives. 

According to Donegal Daily the move was motivated by a “major increase in burglaries and other crimes” recently. 

A Garda spokesperson confirmed, “Buncrana Roads Policing Unit and armed detectives operated a number of crime checkpoints in the Muff and Bridgend areas to disrupt and detect crime in border areas.”

The report states that Garda  suspect a “Derry based gang” is behind the recent spate of crime, and a “haul of property has already been stolen”, including jewelry, laptops and cash in ‘raid’ style burglaries. 

Affected areas include the villages of Burt, Raphoe, Lifford and St Johnston. 

“In one worrying incident, a family in Newtowncunningham awoke to find burglars in their bedroom as they slept.”

“The gang, later captured on outside CCTV, were hooded and wearing gloves and fled the scene empty-handed.”

Churches have also been targeted and Gardaí are appealing for locals to ramp up their personal security, suggesting the use of sensor lights, personal safe storage units, and alarm. 

Last July Highland Radio reported a ‘mini crime wave’ in Donegal involving vehicle theft. 

According to the report, ‘​”One vehicle was later set alight and the other recovered by the PSNI after being involved in crashes in Carrigans.”

 

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