43 caravans and campervans have been stolen across the country over the past 18 months - 13 of those during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Gardai are appealing to caravan and campervan owners to be careful where they park, and to take extra security measures.

Figures released today show the 43 vehicles stolen since the start of last year include 2 in Galway, 1 in Mayo and 1 in Roscommon / Longford.

Counties Meath and Tipperary recorded the highest number of stolen carvans and campervans.

The value of the vehicles ranged from 1,000 to 30,000 euro.

The Garda Park Smart appeal comes as the number of 'staycations' are expected to increase dramatically this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of the new campaign, Gardai are encouraging all owners to take extra security measures by using tracker devices, wheel clamps and alarms.

They're also asking people to park in well lit areas, keep doors and windows locked and not to leave valuables in plain sight.

 

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