Leitrim homeowners are leaving themselves vulnerable to burglary while at home by not taking basic protections, PhoneWatch has warned. The company has said that despite the risks many do not arm their alarms at night.
The warning comes as the CSO release burglary statistics for 2016 which showed a total of 218 burglaries occurred across Sligo and Leitrim, a decrease of 33% on 2015.
PhoneWatch Managing Director Eoin Dunne said “The good news is that crime, burglaries in particular, has been decreasing steadily over recent years. So far this year we have seen a 19% decrease in serious incidents involving PhoneWatch customers.”
“However burglary remains all too common, with one in twelve households across the country becoming the victim of a crime each year. The best way to reduce the risk is by installing a monitored burglar alarm, our own research shows that our customers are two and half times less likely to be a burglary victim.
Basic safety tips for homeowners to avoid becoming the latest victim of burglary while at home include:
· Lock doors and windows before going to bed, which is just as important as if you were leaving the house
· Alarm your home not just when you’re leaving but at night and especially before going to bed, a PhoneWatch alarm makes you 250% less likely to be the victim of a burglary
· Don’t leave keys in the hall, in 2015 there were 163 incidents where keys were fished out of letter boxes.
· Have a panic button available to silently alert your Alarm Response Centre and the emergency services to any at home burglary.