The Eircom PhoneWatch Burglary Report 2011 said €48 million worth of goods have been taken from households in Ireland.
The figures are based on 22,000 household insurance claims in the twelve months between July 1, 2010 and June 31 this year.
- Dublin tops the table with break-ins increasing by 13% this year and accounting for 42% of burglaries nationally.
- Cork recorded a 16% decrease in burglaries and accounts for 4% of all break-ins.
- Commuter counties around Dublin — Kildare, Wicklow, Meath and Louth — account for 21% of burglaries.
In Dublin, 53% of burglaries are committed on the southside and 37% on the northside, with 10% not detailed.
Meanwhile, the postcode area of south county Dublin (Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey and Killiney) is the most burgled in the capital while Dublin 10 (Ballyfermot) is the least likely to be burgled.
November is the most likely month for burglaries to occur and underlines previous findings suggestion that many break-ins occur in broad daylight.
For a fifth year in a row, the most likely time of day to be burgled is between 12pm and 4pm, accounting for 23% of all break-ins.
Thursday, which accounts for 16.5% of all burglaries, is the most targeted day.
“Over the 11 years that we have reported on burglary in Ireland, one insight remains constant — burglary, regardless of boom or bust, is a crime phenomenon which is simply not going away,” said Eoin Dunne of Eircom PhoneWatch.
“The figures consistently demonstrate the vast majority of burglaries take place while the home is occupied, thus increasing the risk of confrontation and personal danger, so it is of particular importance people become more security aware while they are in the home.”
Crime Victims Helpline said that recent CSO figures showed a “significant increase” in burglaries in the third quarter of 2011, compared to the same period in 2010 (up 8.5%).
Spokeswoman Maeve Ryan said many burglary victims were left “distressed, angry or traumatised”.
- Contact the National Crime Victims Helpline on free phone 116 006 or text 085 1337711.
Eircom burglary prevention tips:
- Front door should have a deadlock and a secure Chubb lock.
- Make sure people can’t look through letterbox.
- Make sure window locks are prominent.
- Make sure it’s hard to see in the front window.
- Watermark items with a watermark pen and display sticker saying items are watermarked on the front of the house.
- Install bolts on inside of back door.