Captial’s 100,000 burglaries in just a decade

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A TOTAL of 102,555 burglaries have occurred in Dublin in the past decade, according to new analysis carried out by PhoneWatch.

This is equivalent to one in every five homes or businesses in the county experiencing a break-in during this time, which PhoneWatch say “demonstrates the importance for all of us to be vigilant in protecting our properties”.

PhoneWatch Managing Director Eoin Dunne said, “While we’re seeing a welcome reduction in burglaries in recent years, the reality is that burglary still remains all too common in Ireland. By examining the figures over an extended period we can see the true scale and impact of burglary in Ireland. The good news is that our research shows Irish householders are taking more steps in recent years to protect their homes, and this is having a positive effect.”

In total, 245,260 burglaries occurred in Ireland in the 10 years between January 2009 and December 2018. While there were significant variations year-on-year, 2018 saw the lowest number of burglaries for the decade (16,969).

Irish householders are taking more steps in recent years to protect their homes

Dublin accounted for 41% of all burglaries in the country over the past decade, equivalent to 1-in-5 premises in the county. With 7,791 Tallaght Garda Station recorded the most burglaries of any of Dublin’s Garda stations.

Blanchardstown (6,165) and Dundrum (5,275) were the second and third highest respectively, While with just 186, Garristown received the lowest number of burglary reports for the county.

While the darker months have shown higher levels of burglary for many years, this has become a more pronounced trend in recent times. Over the past decade, the research shows that when the clocks go back, until they go forward again, burglary rates have been 31% higher.

Overall, November is the highest month for burglary for many years, accounting for 11% of break-ins on average. In most recent years, there has been a rise in burglaries in January and February, with burglaries during these two months almost doubling over the past decade (+92%).

PhoneWatch also commissioned research on the impact of burglary on homeowners.  Of those surveyed, 52% felt the worst impact of a burglary is the idea of a stranger being in their home, significantly ahead of the loss of possessions at 29%.

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