03 Jul 2022

ALERT: Gardaí issue advice to avoid being victim of "Bank Jugging"

Envelope of money found in monread naas


Gardaí have issued advice to the public to be wary of 'Bank Jugging'.

Bank Jugging occurs when criminals park outside a financial institution and watch patiently as customers go in and out.

The thief then targets anyone who comes out with a bank bag, coin box or bank envelope that looks like they it may have a large amount of cash in.

They then follow the customer and break into their car or steal from the victim directly.

How to prevent Bank Jugging:
• Be aware of your surroundings, especially if something seems strange as you enter or leave the bank.
• 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 of cash drops and collections.
• Consider using electronic funds transfer rather than depositing or withdrawing cash.
• If you feel like you are being followed, call 999 and drive to a Garda station.

Please be vigilant and avoid withdrawing unnecessary sums of cash from financial institutions.

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