Ballinteer ‘on edge’ as burglaries increase

by Rebecca Ryan
Gardai said a spate of six burglaries were reported in the space of one week between May 2-9

There is huge local concern after reports of an increase in burglaries in the Ballinteer area.

Gardai say on May 2, burglaries took place at Ludford, Kingston and Ballinteer Park between 11am and 3pm, and a small amount of cash was taken.

On May 4, a sum of cash was taken in a burglary on Willow Road at around 11.30pm. In another incident, there was an attempted burglary at Farmhill Drive at 12.45, and on May 9, another burglary took place at Ballinteer Hill around 4pm.

A Garda spokesperson said: “No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.”

Local groups on social media have been warning residents of the rise in break-ins.

Ballinteer Today reported a break-in at The Rise in Woodpark recently when an elderly couple were in the house at the time. When the intruders were disturbed, they jumped out of the top window.

The group reported that three male occupants were seen fleeing the scene in a dark blue 2002 Mercedes-Benz saloon.

Speaking about one of the burglaries, a local said: “It was my parents’ house on the hill. They took every piece of jewellery, but the most important stuff was stuff from my grandmother and great grandmother. These items are irreplaceable. The place was ransacked.”

Sean McLoughlin, admin of Ballinteer Today, said residents are “on edge”.

He said: “[We have] received a number of reports of house burglaries via the social media page.

“House burglaries in this community are now out of control.”

Mr McLoughlin has called on residents to be proactive in tackling the issue and to report any suspicious activity.

He said: “Ensure windows and doors are locked and alarms are turned on.

“Communicate with neighbours and residents from other housing estates in Ballinteer and check in with vulnerable neighbours.”

A resident in Ballinteer, who wishes to stay anonymous, said their house was one of around five houses that was broken into at Christmas time.

They had just moved into their new home and went on holidays for around two weeks.

When they came home, the house was ransacked and more than €1,000 in cash was robbed.

They contacted the gardai, who came to the house with forensics.

Gardai told them: “It was unfortunate what happened” and advised them to get an alarm.

The break-in happened the day after they left for holidays, and she said, “They must have been watching us.”

She was shaken after the incident and told us the event has affected her.

“I tend not to open the door anymore. Since we were broken into, I don’t feel very safe, so I’m not opening the door to anyone anymore.”

Minister Shane Ross said he is “appalled to hear of yet another spate of burglaries” in the Ballinteer area, and blames the closures of Stepaside Garda Station.

T.D. for Dublin Rathdown and Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Catherine Martin said that residents are feeling “vulnerable.”

“I have written to Superintendent McGonnell requesting increased Garda visibility in the area via routine patrols.

“We would also encourage local residents to set up a community text alert system.”

Broadford Residents Association are holding their AGM in St Johns GAA Club on May 17 at 8pm. They will be discussing the burglaries and have invited a member of the gardai to speak at the meeting.

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