Gardaí has issued a warning to the public in relation to bogus callers.
Gardaí has received reports in recent days of people, calling to houses in County Westmeath, impersonating Gardaí in an attempt to gain entry to houses.
In a statement in recent days concerning this matter, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána, said:
“If a person calls to your home, in plain clothes, identifying themselves as a Garda, we ask you to do the following.”
“Before allowing them access, ask them for their full name and rank and take note of this. Ask to see their Garda ID.”
“All Gardaí have an official ID badge which contains their name and photo; check that these match. You can also contact your local Garda Station, who can confirm the identity of the caller.”
“We would ask you to be extra vigilant with all callers to your home and do not allow anyone you do not know access to your home.”
“You can contact Mullingar Garda Station on 044-9384000 or Athlone Garda Station on 090-6492600, 24 hours a day or 999 / 112 in an emergency,” the spokesperson concluded.
Tractor driver caught on mobile phone
Meanwhile, Gardaí brought a tractor driver using a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel in Co Laois in recent days.
Gardaí issued a fine and penalty points to the driver for the road traffic-related offence.
In a statement on Monday, June 13th, 2022, a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Laois/Offaly said:
“Mountrath Gardaí stopped this tractor recently as the driver was using a mobile phone while driving.”
“We appreciate it is a busy time of year for farmers and silage contractors. but we urge you to pull in off the road to a safe place to use your phone.”
“Statistics show that people who use a mobile phone while driving are four times more likely to have a crash.”