Garda campaign to prevent home burglaries

Claire McGovern

Reporter:

Claire McGovern

Garda campaign to prevent home burglaries

The Garda National Supporting Safer Communities Campaign to prevent home burglaries commences today, Tuesday 20th of September and will run until Tuesday 27th September.

The focus of the campaign is to encourage home owners to Lock Up and Light Up to prevent burglaries. Many information events will be held at Garda Stations throughout the country. This includes a dedicated National Property Recovered Day on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 where people will be able to view images of property recovered from burglaries. These images will also be available on www.garda.ie. A home security information pack is also available at www.garda.ie.

Sergeant Kelvin Courtney from the National Crime Prevention Unit said, "Operation Thor and the Lock Up Light Up campaign have seen a huge reduction in the number of home burglaries. From October to March, reported burglaries fell nationally by 31% and this has continued through the summer.

"However, burglaries tend to rise in winter months. As the days get shorter I would remind homeowners to make sure their home looks occupied. Use timer switches to turn on lights, lock all doors and windows, store keys away from windows and letterboxes, and use your alarm. Lock Up and Light Up.

"During this Supporting Safer Communities campaign we are encouraging people to mark their property and reduce the pay off for the burglar. Photograph and record details of your valuables.”