Netwatch, the Irish specialists in property protection, has warned Tipperary home owners to be extra vigilant about securing their premises as Garda figures show a 23% increase in burglaries in Tipperary in 2011.
David Walsh, Group CEO of Netwatch said, “The Garda figures released this week show an increase of up to 40% in burglaries in some parts of the country. This reflects what Netwatch are seeing on a daily basis with a large increase in both petty and organised thefts across the country.”
“We analysed all of the Netwatch incident reports for 2011 and found that 86% of intruders recorded were travelling on foot. This confirms that the majority of burglars are targeting small objects that they can carry on their person and can sell quickly. Gold jewellery which can be easily sold for cash is a particular target for thieves. Professional thieves know all the tricks and hiding places and won’t hesitate to turn your house upside down in their search for valuables.”
Netwatch is urging Tipperary people to protect themselves from rising domestic robberies by taking a few simple steps. “We believe prevention is better than cure, people need to be more aware of how their homes look to criminals. If you have an alarm make sure you turn it on, even when you’re in the house. If you are going on holidays ask a neighbour to take in your bins and switch on and off the lights in your house. Evidence shows that a criminal can be deterred if there is a good level of physical security in place and an intruder alarm installed,” said Walsh.
Netwatch’s top tips to protect your home from break-ins include:
A well lit area will deter most criminals from vandals to thieves. Check all of your external lights to make sure they are working correctly and leave internal lights on a timer if you are leaving your home unoccupied for any length of time.
Do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, over the doorway, or in other obvious places- they know where to look!
Check your alarm system is working, get it serviced regularly and switch it on every time you leave home.
Make your home look like someone is living in it. Don’t close your curtains. In daytime this shows your house is empty.
Ask a trusted neighbour to watch your property when you are away. Do the same for them.
Keep photos of your jewellery and other valuables as this will make tracking them much easier if they are robbed.