Given the nature of the work we do here at Wilson Security, our prerogative is to keep a watchful eye over the CSO Crime figures when they are released to understand the trends taking place. The latest figures available to us from the CSO (Q3 September 2020) highlight that;
- there has been a reduction of 20.4% in burglaries and related offences, compared to the same period in 2019.
- damage to properties and the environment has fallen by 9.4% to 20,160.
While these figures are welcome news that overall the burglary rates are down across Ireland, the main reason for this reduction is that many of us have spent more time at home in 2020. Not to mention, the increased Garda presence in our towns due to COVID 19 restrictions.
As homeowners it remains are responsibility to be vigilant and to do what we can to deter a potential break-in.
Common Times For Burglaries
An Garda Síochána stated that many burglaries occur between 4 pm and 9 pm – particularly in the Wintertime when it gets darker, earlier. However, while this is a trend, it is essential always to take the necessary steps to protect your home no matter the time of day – even when we are in the house.
8 Top Tips to Prevent Burglaries
(1) Hide Your Keys
Never leave your keys under the doormat, in flowerpots, mailboxes, or other “secret” hiding places – burglars know where to look.
(2) Hold Onto Your Gift Packaging
Don’t put your gift packaging boxes out for recycling or leave them sticking out of your bin – the thieves will pay attention to this.
(3) Add Gravel to the Exterior of Your Home
Invest in a gravel top layer for your driveway or path, especially under accessible windows. Gravel makes a loud, crunching sound that is more likely to alert you to an intruder approaching your property.
(4) Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight
Make sure that you don’t leave your valuables in a visible position on your home’s ground floor, for example, for the kitchen table.
(5) Keep the Shrubs Trim
Make it difficult for your potential robbers to hide by trimming your shrubbery.
(6) Add Lights
Install exterior lighting around your home. Motion-sensitive lights are recommended for the back garden. You can also invest in timers for your indoor lights so that they come on at particular times – even if you’re not in the home.
(7) Lock Outdoor Valuables Away
Always keep your garden tools and other outdoor valuables stored away in a locked shed or garage when not in use.
(8) Install a Wilson Monitored Smart Home Alarm
It still stands that a house alarm is one of the best deterrents for burglaries in Ireland. Wilson Security is a leading provider of Security Systems for residential and commercial clients. Our speciality is in home security systems where we are passionate that we all should feel safe in our homes.
Our new Monitored Smart Home Alarm puts security at your fingertips as one of the most advanced house alarm systems on the Irish market.
Learn more about this system and our special offer here.