Burglaries Set to Rise By 20% As the Clocks Go Back

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With the onset of winter and shorter evenings, burglaries historically go up. Each year, according to An Garda Síochána, there’s an annual increase in burglaries of 20% when the clocks go back. According to CSO Statistics,  there was a 10% increase in the number of burglaries nationwide in Q4 2017 compared to Q3 of the same year. This means homeowners are at greater risk of being burgled at this time of year and have to be extra vigilant.

To help with this, HomeSecure.ie have created this Seasonal Safety Tips Infographic listing 10 things to be extra mindful of heading into the winter months:

    1. Always set your alarm whether you’re at home or away
    2. Ensure your external house alarm is visibly lit to act as a deterrent
    3. Keep your doors and windows (including upstairs) locked at all times
    4. Leave a light on, and use timer switches or a smart plug when you’re away
    5. Radio on to make the house seem occupied
    6. Move your keys away from letterboxes to prevent “fishing”
    7. Record details of valuables, particularly coming up to Christmas
    8. Do not keep large amounts of cash in the house and keep jewellery locked away
    9. Keep ladders and tools locked safely away to prevent burglars from using them
    10. Never leave a key out under a mat or flowerpot

CEO of HomeSecure.ie, Colm Daly, had this to say ahead of the clocks going back, “Householders must remain vigilant and aware of home security leading into the darker months. We know that burglaries increase by around 20% once the clocks go back. We know crime prevention is much more effective than crime control and we encourage our customers to do what they can to prevent a burglar from ever entering their home. Making your home less inviting to potential crime is critical.”

By taking these preventative measures, homeowners can minimise the risk of being burgled and help to reduce this year’s annual increase in burglaries.

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