Gardaí in Sligo/Leitrim are warning of increased incidences of fuel siphoning from Heavy Goods Vehicles and other trucks in the region.
Fuel thefts have occurred recently in parts of Leitrim and Sligo over the weekend and Gardaí have urged the public to remain vigilant. They are also urging anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or witnessed any fuel thefts to contact them at Sligo Garda Station on 071-9157000. Gardaí have advised any driver who may be worried of potential thefts, to park their vehicle in a well-lit area, covered by CCTV.
Other tips -
- Secure all doors and windows.
- Use an alarm if you have one.
- Do not leave valuables in the vehicle.
- Park in a well-lit, secure area.
- Report any suspicious activity and theft to Gardaí.
Bad Weather tips -
In light of the weather forecast for the coming week, with promises of “frost, icy patches and some wintry precipitation” at times this week, An Garda Síochána have also issued some ‘winter ready’ tips to the public.
Gardaí have urged all members of the public who will be using public roads over the coming days to ensure your journey is absolutely necessary before departing. They have also advised the public to use public transport, as public transport routes will be prioritised during severe weather conditions.
When travel is absolutely necessary they warn to -
- Be prepared for the worst. Put a hi-vis jacket, shovel, wellingtons and extra clothing in the vehicle, prior to departing.
- Check tyres before commencing the journey. Ensure the tread depth is at least 1.6mm.
- Ensure all winds are free of ice and snow. Always have a scraper or some sort of de-icer in the vehicle. Remove any snow from the roof before departing, as this can fall onto the windscreen during the journey, creating a distraction and restricting the driver’s vision.
- Always ensure your lights and indicators are operating correctly, as with wintry conditions visibility is reduced significantly.
- Always make sure your mobile phone is fully charged before any journey in bad weather conditions.
- If your vehicle is a Rear Wheel Drive, then add extra weight to the boot as this will help give you more grip.