Undercover gardai will probably be monitoring campsites at this weekend’s Electrical Picnic in an try to bust thieves who try to steal high-value merchandise akin to smartphones and digital tablets from tents.
Round 200 gardai, together with officers from among the nationwide items, will probably be current every day on the competition which will probably be attended by greater than 50,000 folks.
In addition to uniformed officers current, there will probably be quite a few covert undercover gardai, a few of whom will probably be armed, a senior supply stated.
“One of many essential priorities for gardai this 12 months is to get the message out to folks to not depart high-value telephones or tablets of their tents or certainly of their vehicles when they don’t seem to be current,” the senior supply stated.
Yesterday, gardai issued a separate warning about faux Electrical Picnic tickets being bought for the three-day occasion.
Followers heading to Stradbally, Co Laois, on the weekend are being urged to be looking out for the faux print-at-home tickets that are being bought on-line.
“The print-at-home ticket format has not been used for Electrical Picnic and we might suggest that the general public don’t purchase from unauthorised or unknown sources,” a garda spokeswoman stated.
“An Garda Siochana can also be warning that third-party cost websites are getting used to take cash off unsuspecting followers in these scams.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan, of the Garda Nationwide Financial Crime Bureau, stated: “We’re working intently with the organisers to stop followers being left disillusioned by the actions of criminals.
“You will need to stress that the print-at-home format is just not getting used for Electrical Picnic and that the general public solely purchase tickets from authorised sources.”
The faux tickets and separate theft points are simply quite a few issues that officers will try to take care of at this weekend’s competition.
Combating the sale and use of unlawful medicine will probably be amongst their priorities on the occasion.
The senior supply stated there will probably be a “zero-tolerance” strategy to drug use.
“At these festivals, lots of people take probabilities that they’d usually not take, however they need to realise the implications of being caught, in addition to the well being points surrounding the misuse of medicine,” the supply stated.
“Usually talking this can be a good-natured occasion.
“It is a very effectively organised occasion organised yearly and gardai have loads of expertise of policing it at this stage.”