Even though home burglaries have seen a dramatic drop in recent months, the powers-that-be are warning Dublin homeowners to not become complacent coming into the summer months.
According to figures drafted by the Central Statistic Office (CSO), statistics have noticed a 20% drop in burglaries in the Dublin Southern Division, a 32% drop in burglaries in the Dublin Western Division, and a 22% drop in burglaries in the Dublin Northern Division.
However, despite consistent drops in home burglaries all round, Dún Laoghaire was the only town have an increased amount of burglaries shown in the recent data. The south Dublin town's number of home robberies rose by five, from 419 to 424, giving a 1% increase.
According to Jim Toal, managing director of Fairco Windows and Doors, believes that summer brings a rise in opportunist criminals:
"Homeowners should not let down their guard in the summer months by making simple mistakes like leaving doors and windows open.''
"Many people leave windows and front doors open while sitting in their back garden having a barbecue with friends, not knowing that opportunist burglars are often lurking. Most burglars of this type just drive into an estate or area looking for an open point of entry to get an opportunity to be in and out in minutes with your valuables.''
"It's summer and that means more daylight hours but burglars don't always hide under the shadow of night. If the window is large enough to stick your head through, it's large enough to break-into. Leave your window open enough for ventilation but not for access.''