Break-ins at rural business sites on the rise, security survey says
Rural business premises are being increasingly targeted by thieves, although break-ins at business premises located throughout Ireland have fallen, according to data from one of the country's largest security monitoring companies.
Carlow-based Netwatch reported a 27pc decrease in the number of criminal incidents at over 2,200 premises during the first half of 2012. However, sites based in Louth and Tipperary experienced the biggest increases in the number of incidents, with attempted break-ins up by an average of 150pc in both cases.
Their records show that criminal activity tends to peak during early evening, with 35pc of incidents occurring between 5-10pm. The figures also showed that, for the second year in a row, the highest number of incidents were recorded in April, totalling 514.
The lowest number took place in January, with 217 incidents. June was the only month to record a year-on-year increase in criminal activity. Weekends remain the most active time for crime with 44pc of all incidents occurring on a Saturday and Sunday.
Niall Kelly, of Netwatch, said that the June increase might indicate that criminals were trying to capitalise on the summer holiday period.
"Although overall incidents are down we have seen a noticeable increase in incidents recorded at rural locations. This would suggest that criminals are targeting more isolated and remote properties where they feel they are less likely to be detected and disturbed," he said.
Poor weather conditions to drive food price rises for consumers
It is only a matter of time before adverse weather conditions here and in other parts of the world will drive up the cost of food for consumers, according to one of the country's largest poultry processors.