Householders in Donegal have been urged not to keep large sums of money on their property after €30,000 in cash which was kept in a biscuit tin was stolen from a shed at a home in the county.
Gardaí say the cash was kept in a biscuit tin locked in a cupboard in a shed. The theft took place in the Raphoe area sometime between 8pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday.
The Irish Farmers’ Association has warned householders about the dangers of keeping large sums of cash on their property following the break-in which was one of two in the locality at the end of last week. Gardaí say they are investigating the theft.
PJ McMonagle, chair of the Donegal branch of the IFA, said people should make sure such large sums of money are deposited in a bank or post office and not kept on their property. He also warned householders to beware of people they don’t know coming to their homes and of disclosing places they keep money when paying for services.
He said the people who carried out the theft must have known where the cash was kept unless they were very lucky.
“Unfortunately people tend to keep sums of money at home for that rainy day,” he said. “They can be reluctant to put it in the post office or the bank and you can’t blame them in the current climate. People need to have their homes secured by checking their locks and investing in a good security light,” he said.
He called on neighbours to be vigilant.
“People need to be wary of who is calling to the house and neighbours also have to be vigilant,” he said. “People have to be wary of unusual behaviour. If there is an unusual car or vehicle calling at someone’s house take a note of the number plate.”
The IFA has recently launched a crime prevention scheme in the gardaíconjunction with the Garda and the PSNI aimed at farmers and people living in rural parts of the county.