Gardaí have issued a warning to homeowners to ensure their household is protected over the New Year period.

They are asking anyone going away for the weekend to consider the following security advice:

Leave on some lights or using timer switches to give the impression someone is at home.

Ask a trusted neighbour or family member to conduct frequent checks of the property.

Ensure all doors and windows are locked the house alarm is set.

Keep all gates and outbuildings closed and locked.

Safely store away ladders, tools, wheelie bins etc.

Don't post status updates while you're still away on social media and report any suspicious vehicles or persons to An Garda Siochana by dialling 999.

For further information check the Garda website garda.ie.

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