Locals are being warned to be extra vigilant over the Christmas holidays after a surge of burglaries in the Ballinteer area.

Last week a house was broken into in Llewellyn at approximately 5am. A number of items were stolen including mobile phones, Christmas presents, money and handbags.

Facebook group Ballinteer Today warned locals, saying: “Please be extra vigilant as the opportunists take full advantage this time of the year.”

Shocked locals took to social media expressing their disgust and some reported similar incidents happening to them.

One local resident said: “At 3.15 this morning we were awoken to breaking glass…[our] dogs were mad to go out, which they did, but couldn’t see anything. This was on Ballinteer avenue. Be very vigilant.”

Another wrote: “I’m in Broadford [Crescent] and last Friday evening when I was reversing in my drive a young lad ran down by my driver’s door and out the gate. Too dark to get a good look at him.”

Independent Candidate Sean McLoughlin is calling on the community to be alert over the holiday season.

He told Dublin Gazette: “The opportunists who prey on our community have recently targeted a number of local businesses, as well as homes and vehicles.

“It is important to make our community aware of the recent break-ins, this is something I personally do via relevant social media pages, such as Ballinteer Today.”

According to figures from the Central Statistics Office, there were more than 10,000 burglary related offences reported across Ireland in the final quarter of 2017, nearly half of that number happening in Dublin.

With the final months of 2017 seeing more burglaries that any other period of the year, locals are being warned to be extra vigilant during the festive period.

Caroline Morris, of Patlock shared some top tips with for securing your home.

They include, hiding your valuables in a safe place, not to check-in on social media showing you are out of your home, investing in security devices like alarms, additional locking mechanisms or CCTV.

The security firm further advise to turn off all electronics when not in use as they may alert unwanted attention and make your home looks “lived in” such as taking post indoors and using light timers.