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Gardai Issue Appeal Over Caravan Thefts

43 caravans and campervans have been stolen across the country over the past 18 months - 13 during Covid-19 with one here in County Wicklow.

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.

The force says 43 caravan and campervan thefts have been recorded since January 2019 - 13 have been stolen since March, when lockdown began.

Meath and Tipperary have had the highest number of thefts, followed by Laois/Offaly, Clare and Limerick.

The vehicles values ranged from 1,000 to 30,000 euro.

As part of their new campaign, Gardai are encouraging all owners to 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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