Homeowners in the North Strand area of Dublin are being urged to remain vigilant after burglars are believed to be using a trick involving sellotape to target vacant properties.
A politician described the 'sinister' use of sellotape that helped criminals identify buildings that were empty and therefore easy targets for burglaries.
The trick involves placing sellotape over the keyholes of houses to determine if they are in use, with a number of residents in the area reportedly finding the tape on their properties.
Dublin City Councillor Ciaran Cuffe explained how the ploy works, and described it as potentially 'sinister'.
Cuffe told the Irish Independent: "It can be a way of determining whether a building is in use.
"I could see it being used for sinister uses like burglary, or there may be other reasons."
"Some are vacant because people are away on holidays and someone may have died and the house is being put through probate."
The sellotape trick is not the only unconventional way Irish burglars are now targeting homes, with gardai warning homeowners to look out for the use criminals using drones to aid burglaries.
The criminals use the technology to survey the area they wish to target to learn more information about the properties.