Window And Door Crime Prevention
The Garda Commissioner has designated this week the 23rd September – 30th September 2014 as Community Safety Week primarily focusing on reducing and preventing burglary.
They have issued Winter Warning on Burglaries
- Burglaries typically rise by approximately 25% in winter
- Majority of burglaries during winter take place between 5pm and 11pm
- The most common points of entry by burglaries are front door (29%), rear window (26%), rear door (22%), & 20% of burglaries take place through an unsecured door or window.
Gardaí have advised householders to take steps to protect their property with the evenings getting longer as burglaries typically increase by 25% during winter
The longer evenings can help burglars spot if people are not home. For instance, they can easily see if a house is empty if rooms are unlit, curtains are open, and there is no car in the driveway. It also makes it easier for them to enter a residence without being seen.
The are urging the public to follow a number of basic steps to increase their home’s security:-
- Lock your windows and doors, and make them tamper proof locks.
- Light up your house, make sure you have outside motion activated lights
- Store keys safety and away from windows and letterboxes
- Record details of valuables, keep them out of sight and don’t keep large amounts of cash at home
- Use your alarm
To help you protect your home we have put together a “Home Security Assessment Booklet” giving you practical advise to help you protect your home and family click the link below to view details on how to download.