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 2018 by region and Garda station, as well as the latest quarterly figures for Q1 2019 by region.
PhoneWatch urge continued vigilance and caution
At PhoneWatch, we welcome the significant fall in burglaries in 2018, a total of 16,969 burglaries occurred nationwide in 2018 representing a 11.5% decrease. This significant fall coincides with an increase in the number of households opting for monitored alarm systems and indicates householders are paying heed of the warnings, being vigilant and taking sensible precautions.
We have conducted a detailed analysis of the CSO Recorded Crime Statistics for our PhoneWatch 2018 Burglary Report. Key findings include:
- A burglary takes place in Ireland every 31 minutes
- Dublin accounted for 45% of all burglaries (7,604)
- Dundrum Garda Station was Ireland’s busiest station with 456 burglaries
- While 29 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 Clare (+19%), followed by Limerick (+14%).
- Homes with a monitored burglar alarm are four times safer than those without
Speaking about the figures Eoin Dunne, Managing Director of PhoneWatch said “This significant decrease in the rate of burglary is extremely welcome, and it is very positive to see that after an increase in 2017 the rate fell once again last year. However burglary remains unfortunately 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. In the last year there was a 19% fall in the number of incidents involving PhoneWatch customers, a trend that has continued in recent years as 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.”
“Ultimately protecting your home is about doing the basics consistently so that you don’t leave your home vulnerable. This includes, locking windows and doors, especially when you leave the house. Making sure your home is well lit and appears occupied, particularly between 5 and 11pm when burglary is most common. Not leaving garden equipment lying around, with ladders the most important to secure. Avoiding updates on Social media, such as Facebook, about your plans.