Gardaí in Co. Meath are currently investigating the theft of a jeep from a field in the Kilberry area. The incident took place on Tuesday, August 15th. Navan Gardaí have confirmed that a 141D silver Toyota Land Cruiser was taken from the Corballis, Kilberry area at approximately 3:20 p.m. The Meath Crime Prevention Facebook page has urged anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area around this time or anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the vehicle to contact the Gardaí. Navan Garda Station can be reached at 046 907 9930, or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.
This is not the first jeep theft to occur in Co. Meath recently. Last week, another jeep was stolen from a rural area in Loughcrew. The vehicle was taken from a yard close to the owner’s home and was reported to contain personal belongings. The theft of vehicles and other items has been an ongoing issue across the country, with a recent incident in the Johnstown area of Bennekerry, Co. Carlow involving the theft of a Massey Ferguson tractor and other items. Gardaí are currently investigating these cases.
Sgt. Damien Bartley, the crime prevention officer for the Roscommon/Longford division, has offered some tips on how to prevent vehicle theft, particularly trailers. His advice includes storing vehicles in a safe place, installing CCTV to increase the chances of tracing stolen property, using a security post if a secure yard is not available, fitting an alarm to the trailer to alert others to attempted theft, using a wheel lock, and using a strong 10mm chain with a padlock to secure the trailer to a ground anchor. Sgt. Bartley also advises owners to take photos and record details of their trailers, as well as marking property with a unique code.
These incidents serve as a reminder for all vehicle owners to take necessary precautions to protect their property. With the rise in vehicle thefts, it is important to be vigilant and implement security measures to deter potential criminals. By following the advice provided by Sgt. Bartley and remaining aware of one’s surroundings, individuals can greatly reduce the risk of falling victim to theft.