You may have heard there were almost 10,000 burglaries in Dublin over the last 12 months? According to figures that were recently released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) there was 9,636 burglaries across the capital in the last year alone.
Despite the high figures in Dublin, burglaries were actually down 26.3% nationwide in one of the biggest drops ever recorded. The West of Ireland is the safest place against burglaries so far, with 626 for the first half of this year.
With the arrival of new and affordable home monitoring companies, such as HomeSecure.ie, homes have never been safer. Did you know a monitored home is 2.6 times less likely to broken into according to recent CSO stats?
This nationwide drop however isn’t expected to last as burglaries are unfortunately due to rise over the next few months as we approach Christmas. We see a spike in break-ins occur between October and January when the hour changes due to Winter’s extra dark hours.
But what can you do to protect your home?
There are many practical things you can do to protect your Home this Winter, here are our top tips
Tips to avoiding a break-in in your home:
- Lock your front and back doors even if you’re leaving for a short amount of time*
- When leaving the house, ensure you also close all your windows
- Never leave a spare key under a mat or plant – give one to a neighbour if possible
- Install a fully monitored alarm system**, given you 24-hour protection and peace of mind knowing that the Gardaí will be contacted if there appears to be a break-in.