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Home break-ins up 10pc on south of city

Dublin tops the table for home burglaries with 42pc of all break-ins occurring in the Dublin area.

When the commuter counties of Kildare, Wicklow, Meath and Louth are added in the figure reaches 63pc of all burglaries nationwide.

Thieves got away with €48m in stolen home goods in the past year taking an average of €1,870 worth of items from each house.

In Dublin, break-ins increased by 13pc over a 12-month period with 63pc of the burglaries being committed on the southside of the city -- up 10pc on last year.

Northsiders have been luckier with 37pc of the burglaries -- a drop of 10pc on last year.

Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey and Killiney are the most vulnerable areas while Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard homes are the safest and least likely to be robbed. Chapelizod and Palmerstown are the second safest areas.

The Eircom PhoneWatch Burglary Report 2011 shows that Cork recorded a 16pc drop in break-ins and accounts for just 4pc of all burglaries nationally.

The report is based on 22,000 household insurance claims for the 12 months between July 1, 2010 and June 31 this year.

It shows that November is the worst month for break-ins and re-affirms findings of other studies that many break-ins happen in broad daylight.

For the fifth year in a row the most vulnerable time of the day for a household burglary is between 12pm and 4pm accounting for almost one in four of all break-ins.

Thursday is the commonest day of the week for a break-in with 16.5pc of all burglaries happening on that day.

The figures also show that the vast majority of burglaries take place while there are people in the house which increases the risk of confrontation and personal danger.

Seventy four per cent of homes burgled did not have a monitored alarm in place.

Eoin Dunne of Eircom PhoneWatch said "it is of particular importance people become more security aware while they are in the home".

"Burglary, regardless of boom or bust, is a crime phenomenon which is simply not going away," he added.