The Garda National Supporting Safer Communities Campaign will commence on Tuesday, September 20 and will run until Tuesday, September 27.
The focus of the campaign is to encourage home owners to 'Lock Up and Light Up' to prevent burglaries. Many information events will be held at Garda Stations throughout the country including a dedicated property recovered day. Click here for details of the Offaly dates
See the Crime Prevention Section of the Garda website for home security information and advice on property marking by clicking here
For more information visit the Garda Stand, BLOCK 3, ROW 10, STAND 250 at the National Ploughing Championships this week.
Facts on Winter Burglaries
Historically residential burglaries increase during the winter months.
Over 45% of residential burglaries in winter occur between 5pm and 11pm.
In 1 in 5 burglaries, the burglary enters through an unsecured door or window.
The most likely entry point for a burglar is a door – 29% through the front door and 26% through a rear door. Access through a rear window accounts for 24%.
Jewellery and cash are the most common objects stolen during burglaries.
The typical value stolen per burglary in the last twelve months is €600.
There were over 160 cases where car keys were “fished” through the letterbox in the past year.
Homes that look unoccupied are more vulnerable to burglary. Lock Up Light UP.