Monday 26 September 2016

How safe is your home? Five quick tips to make sure your home doesn't get burgled

Published 28/05/2015 | 13:59

Gardai have released a simple five-point checklist to help people reduce the chances of burglary in their home.

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The list was compiled as the country saw a 4pc rise in reported residential burglaries in the past 12 months and a whopping €27.6m worth of goods stolen from Irish homes last year.

The focus of the Supporting Safer Communities Campaign 2015 is on home security and gardai said they are encouraging the public to take the Home Security Checklist Challenge.

The five simple tips are:

1. Secure all doors and windows

2. Light up your home and use timer switches on lights for when you’re out

3. Store keys safely and away from windows and letterboxes

4. Record details of valuables and don’t keep large cash amounts at home

5. Use your alarm, even when you’re at home

Gardai also revealed today that the most likely entry point for a burglar is the back or front door. A total of 28pc of recorded burglaries enter the home through a rear window.

"Burglars like easy opportunities.  If they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time or risk being seen, the chances are they won’t bother,” Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit said today.

“A good rule of thumb is the three minute delay test.  If you can deny entry for three minutes or more – chances are the burglars will go elsewhere.

“Good neighbours are priceless, particularly when you’re going away,” he continued.

“Leave a key with a trusted neighbour. Get them to collect your post and your deliveries if you haven’t already cancelled them.

“They might even leave their spare car in your drive way when you’re away. Remember the burglar is looking for signs of an empty house so don’t give them any.”

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