Warning Over Increased Burglaries During Pope’s Visit

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Gardaí are increasing patrols during the Pope’s visit amid fears of a spate of break-ins.

They’re afraid that burglary gangs will be targeting empty homes as pilgrims attend events during the Pontiff’s trip this weekend.

Homeowners are being advised to ask neighbours to keep an eye on their houses whilst they’re out.

Meanwhile there’s controversy over Garda security restrictions in Dublin City Centre.

Residents in the Church Street area are being asked to carry a utility bill, if they want to access the area.

Elizabeth Farries from The Irish Council for Civil Liberties says Gardaí need to be mindful of people’s privacy:

“The Garda are still required to ensure that they way they gather this information is lawful, is necessary and is proportionate and compelling people to produce personal data –  in order gain access to their own home is a highly intrusive act which triggers privacy right under both European and human rights laws.”