Our homes are sanctuaries where we should feel safe and secure. During the winter months, it’s important to take extra steps to deter potential burglaries. Last week, Crimestoppers, together with An Garda Siochana and PhoneWatch, launched a new campaign to combat the problem of burglary in the community.
The campaign is calling on members of the public to be vigilant for suspicious activity and to make themselves aware of the straightforward measures they can take to minimize the risk of burglary:
Secure all windows and doors.
Sign up to your local Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
Install a monitored alarm.
Light up your home and use timer switches when out.
Fit a door viewer/chain/limiter.
Keep your front and back doors locked day and night.
Don’t keep spare keys outside – instead ensure your neighbour has a spare key for emergencies.
Photograph your personal belongings, e.g. jewellery and keep these on file.
Do not open your door to anyone before you’ve checked who it is and what they want.
Mark your property and record serial numbers where appropriate.
Do not leave strangers unattended at your door.
Ensure your back door is locked when you answer a call to your front door.
Do not keep large amounts of cash at home.
Know your neighbours, develop rapport and offer to keep an eye on each other’s homes,
especially when away
There were 28,830 burglaries reported in Ireland last year to An Garda Siochana. Crimestoppers is asking members of the public to call 1800 25 00 25 if they see suspicious activity in their community. For more information on Crimestoppers, visit crimestoppers.ie.