Lock up, Light Up: Keep your house safe from Burglars this winter season
The Gardí have relaunched Operation Thor with top tips to keep your house and property safe and secure during the winter season.
Gardaí said compared to previous years, a greater proportion of burglaries have occurred in premises that were unsecured and since April 2020 over 1 in 4 burglars entered residential premises through an unsecured door or window.
The guards add that, in winter, a greater proportion of burglaries occur by entry from the rear of premises. This proportional increase has been more pronounced during the Covid-19 period and n winter, a greater proportion of burglaries occur by forcing a secured window/door, they added.
Gardaí said residential burglary has decreased sharply since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and has remained at this low rate despite the relaxation of many pandemic-related restrictions that have resulted in the restoration of other crime types to pre-pandemic levels.
"A major factor in maintaining this low level of burglary is likely to be the number of people still working from home. What happens regarding longer-term and widespread WFH arrangements in the coming months will likely have a bearing on the level of burglary in the longer term." said An Garda Siochana.
"Returning to an office environment could be a crucial time for burglary prevention as people will have gotten used to WFH and have not been adhering to a normal locking-up routine for over a year." added Gardaí.
Lock Up, Light Up is the message from the 7th winter phase of Operation Thor.
To avail of the home security checklist challenge, click here.
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