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Raiders target 3,000 firms in six months

STUDY into commercial crime reveals that most of the incidents occurred on Sundays and involved multiple intruders.

Dublin had the highest number of attempted break-ins, at almost 1,000, according to the survey carried out by security company Netwatch.

The first three months of the year saw a surge in the prices achieved for metals such as copper and this culminated in a number of gangs targeting hardware yards and construction premises.