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.”