Burglary statistics
CSO burglary update

CSO burglary figures

In-depth look at the burglary statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Here at PhoneWatch, we have taken an in-depth look at the latest statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and An Garda Siochana to give you an overview of burglaries by Garda division for Quarter 1 2020, and by Garda station for 2019, the most recent figures available.


Our homes are sanctuaries where we should feel safe and secure. The CSO's recorded crime index shows 16,772 burglaries and related offences occurred nationwide in 2019. This represented a welcome -1% decrease on the previous year. The reductions, while welcome, also highlight the fact that burglary remains all too common, with a reported burglary taking place every 31 minutes in Ireland.

As a PhoneWatch customer, you are more than 4 times less likely to have a break-in. Our monitoring service with instant response, and alarm system with camera technology, proving highly effective deterrents. Click on your county below to get a breakdown of CSO burglary rates by area.

CSO & PhoneWatch burglary update

Here at PhoneWatch, we have taken an in-depth look at the latest statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to give you an overview of burglaries in your area. Our interactive trackers show annual figures for 2019 by Garda station, and for Quarter 1 2020 by Garda division - the most recent figures available.

Phonewatch security advice - stay vigilant

PhoneWatch urge continued vigilance and caution

At PhoneWatch, we welcome the slight fall in burglaries seen both in Quarter 1 2020, and annually in 2019. Annually, a total of 16,772 burglaries occurred nationwide in 2019 representing a 1% decrease. This fall coincides with an increase in the number of households opting for monitored alarm systems and indicates householders are paying heed to the warnings, being vigilant, and taking sensible precautions to make their homes more secure.

We have conducted a detailed analysis of the CSO Recorded Crime Statistics for our PhoneWatch 2019 Burglary Report. Key findings include:

  • A burglary takes place in Ireland every 31 minutes
  • Dublin accounted for 45% of all burglaries (7,604)
  • Blanchardstown Garda Station was Ireland’s busiest station with 514 burglaries
  • 32 Garda stations did not receive any reports of a burglary last year
  • While burglary fell across the majority of the country, the highest increase was experienced by Wicklow (+36.8%), followed by Westmeath (+24.6%) and Dublin West (+18.1%).
  • Homes with a monitored burglar alarm are four times safer than those without.

Speaking about the most recent figures for Quarter 1 2020, Eoin Dunne, Managing Director of PhoneWatch said “The slight decrease in the rate of burglary so far this year is welcome, and it is very positive to see it follow on from a decrease in 2019 also. However, burglary unfortunately remains all too common and should highlight to every householder the importance of taking sensible security precautions on a daily basis.

“A monitored alarm continues to be among the most effective ways to protect homes. Our alarm technology and instant monitoring continue to act as a significant, and highly effective, deterrent to potential burglars. The statistics show that a PhoneWatch home is a safer home and is four times less likely to be a victim of burglary.”