CARS parked at some of Fermanagh’s most popular walking trails have been targeted by thieves in recent days.
A spokesman for the PSNI said that it was ‘unfortunate’ that the police had to inform the public that a number of vehicles had been broken into in the Marble Arch and Castle Caldwell areas on Wednesday last. The PSNI also confirmed that valuables had been taken from the vehicles and subsequently two appeals were made.
“If you were in the areas mentioned and noticed anyone acting suspiciously or seen any suspicious vehicles, please contact us on 101.” The spokesman also made a second request, “Please do not leave money or valuables in your vehicles!
“We have been out on patrol around some of our local beauty spots and we spoke to a number of people and advised them against doing so. It was surprising how many returned to their vehicles to retrieve handbags, mobile phones and wallets.
“We’ll continue to do our bit to combat this but we can’t do it without your cooperation!”
Belturbet Fianna Fail Councillor John Paul Feely, echoed the PSNI’s advice urging walkers to keep valuables out of sight in vehicles and to make life as difficult as possible for criminals.
“We are very fortunate between Fermanagh and Cavan to have some wonderful routes for walking, whether that’s in Cavan Burren Park, Cladagh Glen, Marble Arch Caves or the Cuilcagh Stairway to heaven. At those places there is the danger that they attract an unsavoury element that will take advantage of people’s relaxed state while they are out walking and enjoying the countryside. It is very important that people look after the safety of the items in their car and lock them away properly.”
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