Knife-point robbery claims were not reported

Claims of knife-point robberies in the Lucan area were not reported to the Gardai.

A chain email in circulation claims that men with “NTL/SKY” t-shirts are calling to homes under the guise of checking the TV signal.

It claimed, “Several men [are] going around pretending to work for NTL and as they enter your home they will hold you at knife point and rob all your money and valuables.”

However, a spokeswoman for UPC – the cable operator still widely known as NTL –said Gardai in Lucan had no reports of such events.

“The minute we became aware of this email we contacted the Gardai in Lucan who said there have been no reports of any burglaries in the area of this nature,” said Anna-Maria Barry, a spokeswoman for UPC.

She said: “Customer safety is of paramount importance to us which why all staff are required to carry ID – if in doubt, we would encourage customers to contact us on freephone number 1908.”

The Gardai echoed the comments, saying genuine callers to homes will have no problem with you contacting their company.

“An Garda Siochana would urge all members of the public to exercise caution in their home, especially when opening the door to cold callers. There is Crime Prevention advice available on our website, www.garda.ie. Please note that genuine tradesmen will have no problem with you contacting their place of work directly if you have suspicions,” said Ciaran Wrenn at the Garda Press Office.

He added, “Any complaints reported to An Garda Siochana are fully investigated.”

In circulation since at least last week, it’s unclear how wildly the chain email has been circulated. This week it was also posted on discussion website, neighbours.ie.

IMAGE: Photograph by William Hook, some rights reserved.

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