November is consistently the worst month each year for burglaries according to the latest analysis conducted by PhoneWatch.
Speaking about the figures PhoneWatch Managing Director Eoin Dunne said “The good news is that crime, burglaries in particular, has been decreasing over recent years. However provisional figures released by the Gardaí did show a 9% increase in 2017.
“The risk remains significant, last year over 18,000 homes fell victim to burglary. This time of year, aided by darker evenings, the risks increase significantly. Our analysis has shown that there is an annual spike in burglaries each November, where the rate is 46% higher than the average rate for the rest of the year. In the Winter months generally burglary is 36% more prevalent than in Summer.
“There are many simple steps that everybody can do to reduce their risk of burglary this winter. Ultimately burglary is an opportunistic crime, and by making your home appear less attractive to burglars you dramatically increase the security of your home.”
Basic safety tips for homeowners to avoid becoming the latest victim of a winter burglary while recommended by PhoneWatch include:
PhoneWatch also released statistics on the most common entry points for burglars. These show that the front of homes are more vulnerable to penetration than in previous years, a trend that shown a continual increase in recent years:
· Front Door: 25% (up from 15% in 2010)
· Front Window: 11%
· Back Doors & Windows: 37%
· Side Doors & Windows 8.4%
· Skylights: 2.6%
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