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Stay safe with our security tips. Read our tips to keep you, your home, your community and your possessions safe.

Burglar alarms are a great way to deter potential burglaries, but you also want to be sure that you have done everything in your power to prevent the attempt.

One in 12 households in Ireland will be the victim of a crime each year. If you live in an urban area there you are two and half times more likely to be targeted. Burglars target homes that appear vulnerable, make sure yours is not the odd one out by taking simple steps to greatly reduce the risks making you and your home more safe and secure.

By being vigilant to suspicious activities you can not only protect your home but your neighbours as well. Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility and there plenty of ways you can help keep your community safe.

If you do observe unusual activity in your area, report it to the Gardai Crimestoppers, together with the Gardai and PhoneWatch launched a campaign to combat the problem of burglary. Irish Crimestoppers Trust (www.crimestoppers.ie) is a confidential means for every citizen to report crime, without fear of recrimination, by calling a Freephone confidential number (1800 25 00 25).

  • Close your windows & lock your doors: It might seem obvious but a third of all burglars enter houses through the front door.
  • Light up: The most common time for a burglary is between 5pm and 11pm. During this time you should make sure your home is well lit. Use timed switches if you are not going to be at home!
  • Don’t overshare on Social media or Facebook about your plans.
  • Don’t Advertise: Keep valuable possessions away from the windows and keep curtains and blinds closed to make sure a burglar isn’t drawn to your home.
  • Sleep tight: With half of all burglaries occurring while people are at home it is just as important to lock your doors while you are at home and in bed.
  • Don’t keep spare keys outside: Instead ensure your neighbour has a spare set for emergencies.
  • Alarm your Home: PhoneWatch customers are two and half times less likely to be the victim of an attempted burglary.
  • Be fire aware: Be fire aware when charging your phone, don't leave it charging overnight or while sleeping.
  • Be carbon monoxide aware: Ensure your appliances are correctly installed and serviced annually .
  • For safety: Ensure that rooms in your home containing heating appliances are properly ventilated - never block vents .
  • Before answering the door : Check for unwelcome visitors. Check the ID of anyone who asks to enter your home for any type of ‘maintenance’ reason.
  • Alert the Gardaí: If you are the victim of an ‘at home burglary’ contact the Gardaí immediately.
  • Use your panic button: If you are worried about being overheard you can use your PhoneWatch alarm panic button. You should keep this with you at night.
  • Never confront an intruder: Remember your safety is the most important thing. Never confront an intruder as you are putting your personal safety at risk. Burglars will avoid bedrooms if they think there are people sleeping in the home.
  • Make sure burglars have left: If you return to find your home has been burgled do not enter unless you are sure the house is empty. Contact the Garda immediately.
  • Remain vigilant: Alert your neighbours to suspicious behaviour and ask someone if you are not sure why they are in the area.
  • Help elderly neighbours: They are more vulnerable to scams and home invasions.
  • Put neighbours bins in: Nothing tells a burglar that homeowners are out at work quicker than the sight of a bin left out.
  • Help with holidays: Remove tell-tale signs like milk left on the doorstep or post stuck in the letter box.
  • Become a key holder: Offer to become a keyholder for your neighbours so that if their alarm activates you can help check that everything is okay.
    The average cost of a burglary is €600 but to you some items are priceless there are steps you can take to minimise the impact of a burglary if one occurs in your home.
  • Secure heirlooms: Make sure your most precious possessions are hard to find. Don’t use jewellery boxes or common hiding places like under the mattress.
  • Ensure all home insurance and contents insurance are up to date.
  • Hide documents: Don’t leave bank statements of tax returns lying around, this could cost you your identity.
  • Don’t leave keys in the Hall: There is an increasing number of incident, 163 last year, where keys are being fished out of letter boxes.
  • Make sure your exterior alarm box is clean - this implies that your alarm has recently been serviced
  • Don’t leave your alarm code/ key by your alarm control panel
  • Change your keypad code on your alarm from time to time and clean the keypad regularly - replace when worn
  • Test your alarm system regularly: just call our Customer Support department 1850 211 765 for a remote test or if you’re in any doubt that your alarm is in good working order
  • Festive Season: Be aware particularly over the Christmas period that putting up decorations in direct sight of the camera sensors can cause false activations. Try to keep these out of view of the camera if possible.
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