by Frank Kearney
A warning has been issued to all who are visiting graves of loved ones in the local cemeteries of Lackagh and Claregalway where people are asked not to leave anything visible in their cars when going into graveyards.
In recent weeks there have been a series of quick handbag thefts from people within the parish and outside the areas where their belongings have been taken from cars. There have been a number of break in to cars at the Lackagh Old Cemetery where cars have stopped and people have broken into cars and taken off again quickly while the family member is visiting or caring for the graves of loved ones.
While it is planned to place notices at entrances to the cemeteries to warn the public not to leave anything valuable or otherwise in their cars when attending the graveyard, a call has also been made to people who frequently pass the area to take note of anything suspicious at any time and report it to the relevant authorities.
People are also warned that putting a handbag of belongings in the boot of a car is not the solution either, as car windows have been opened and the boot flicked open.