Today, March 12th 2014, is National Crime Prevention Day in Ireland. An Garda Siochana (the national police force) are doing a big push on home crime prevention not just today but all this week. As part of their efforts they have release the following Press Statement:
Over 50 per cent of burglars enter homes either through the front or back door, according to the latest figures from An Garda Síochána. Work done by the Garda Síochána Analysis Service shows that the main entry points by burglars to houses are through a rear window (28%), front door (27%), and rear door (25%).
An Garda Síochána highlighted the figures today (March 12, 2014) at the launch of its National Crime Prevention Day of Action, which is promoting a range of measures that householders can take to secure their homes against the threat of burglary.
While the latest CSO figures show an 8.9% fall in the level of burglary and related offences between June 2012 and June 2013 compared to the previous 12 months, An Garda Síochána is advising people to remain vigilant and security conscious in order to thwart burglars.
Burglars will tend to go for what they view as easy targets – houses with no lights on, no alarm, or unsecured doors and windows. So it is critical for householders to secure all doors and windows, light up their homes even when out, and have an alarm and turn it on even when at home,” said Sgt Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit.
Householders are also advised to ensure that valuables are out of sight and large amounts of cash are not kept in the house as jewellery and cash accounted for 75% of the property stolen in burglaries in the last six months of 2013. This jewellery and cash had a value of approximately €10.7m.
The time of the year can also influence how and when burglars seek to enter homes. In winter, up to 20% of burglaries occur during twilight hours when homes can look unoccupied. While in summer months, burglaries are more likely to take place through unsecured doors and windows.
Burglaries can occur at any time throughout the day with over 30% taking place between 5pm and 8pm, and 15% occurring overnight during the past six months.