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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Bank jugging: What it is and how you can prevent it

An Garda Síochána has today (Monday, December 20th, 2021), warned the public about the rise of a new crime called bank ‘jugging’.

Bank ‘jugging’ is a theft method where customers of financial institutions are watched by persons who wait for them to come out of the financial institution with a bank bag, coin box or bank envelope that looks like they may have a large amount of cash.

The customer may then be followed with the thief looking for an opportunity to steal the cash. They may break into their car or a distraction theft from the victim directly.

Bank jugging 

Gardaí has asked the public to take the following general advice when carrying out cash banking transactions:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially if something seems strange as you enter the financial institution;
  • Conceal your bank deposit bags, coin boxes or envelopes as you enter and leave the bank;
  • Take your bank bag or envelope with you into your next destination. Don’t hide it in your vehicle;
  • Always vary your routes and times for cash drops and collections;
  • Consider using electronic funds transfer rather than depositing or withdrawing cash;
  • Lastly, call 999 and drive to a Garda station if you feel like you are being followed.
Targeting criminal groups

An Garda Síochána has targeted criminal groups involved in this type of crime.

In a recent operation, Gardaí arrested three males at the end of November 2021 and subsequently charged these with multiple offences before the courts.

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These males are currently remanded in custody.

During that operation, Gardaí froze the contents of several bank accounts and recovered €110,000 in cash.

In a statement, Gardaí said:

“Although many personal, commercial transactions now take place with cards or electronically, in the run-up to and over the Christmas period, people may be in possession of larger amounts of cash in their homes.”

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