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Home burglary: know the facts

Did you know that burglaries in Dublin have increased 14% between 2008 and 2012?

Did you know that you are most likely to be burgled on a Thursday?

Do you know if your doors meet Security Standard IS EN 1627:2011?

As the evenings grow darker and we come closer to the end of the year, we approach the quarter with the highest rate of home burglaries. In fact, November is the busiest month for burglaries.

To do the best to protect your home and your family, be aware of patterns in burglaries, and then taking steps to minimise your risk to them.

Home burglaries in Dublin: what we knowburglaries in dublin

42% of Ireland’s burglaries happen in Dublin, and if you include the surrounding commuter belt counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Louth, this number rises to 63% of all Ireland’s burglaries.

The most burgled area in Dublin is South County Dublin; the towns of Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey and Killiney. The most targeted type of dwelling is a semi-detached, three-bedroom house.

A burglar most commonly enters a house through the back door; the second most common entry is through the front door. The most likely time of day to be burgled is between 12pm and 4pm. In fact, 80% of homes are burgled during the day.

How to protect your home from burglars

1.       Use more than one lock on your doors

Front and back doors are how the vast majority of burglars get in, so doors with only one lock make your house very vulnerable. Consider putting two locks on both doors. Put a deadlock on your front door, as it will prevent burglars from exiting through it. On your back door, use mortice security bolts.

2.       Do not give a burglar the tools to break in

Once a burglar gets to the back of the house, their first stop is often the shed. Here they can get shovels, axes and ladders to help break into the house. Lock up your shed thoroughly, and make sure your garden has no potential tools like this lying around. Burglars can also use wheelie bins and garden furniture for climbing, so lock these up.

3.       Secure your windows

To make windows most secure, install locks on ground floor windows and any windows above a flat roof. You want your window locks to be visible. Use curtains and blinds to make your front window and back window difficult to see into. It’s important no calendar is visible through the window.

4.       Don’t give a burglar hiding places

A garden with tall trees and bushes gives a burglar places to conceal himself. If you’re a corner house, you’ll be even more attractive to a burglar. Use motion-detection security lights and trellis on top of your walls.

5.       Look occupied

Do your best to make your home look occupied when you’re out. Have the radio on with talk radio playing, and use plug timers for lamps. When you’re going on holidays, ask your neighbourhood to park in your driveway and do the same for them when they’re away.

 Security with windows and doors

Locks are only as good as the door and the frame that they are bolted to, so it’s vital that your doors and windows are the most secure on the market and in good condition.

The National Standard Authority of Ireland established an Irish security standard for doors in May 2011 that is in line with the European standard. Always ask your supplier whether your doors fit the Irish ‘Burglar Resistance’ Security Standard IS EN 1627:2011.

We have a huge range of doors in many materials, and they all include High Security Locking Systems and Anti-Snap Lock Cylinders.

If you want to know more about our doors and windows and how they can fulfill your security needs, call us on 01 4642788 and speak to one of our expert team.

Crime stats are sourced from CSO, Eircom Phonewatch and Irish Examiner.

If you like my Home Burglary Fact post, you may enjoy some of my other posts:

4 Reasons You Need Quality Windows

Quality Windows in Ireland: The Regency Promise

Regency Windows: Providers of Dublin’s Best Quality Windows & Doors

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