Gardaí have recently advised householders to take steps to protect their homes after Kildare Gardai say there "have been several incidents throughout the Division" recently, where car keys were stolen via "fishing".
While the rate of burglaries has reduced over the last year, An Garda Síochána is advising people to remain vigilant and security conscious in order to thwart burglars.
"We would urge the public to follow a number of basic steps to increase their home’s security.
"Don’t be one of the 20% that allow burglars easy access through an unsecured point. Lock your windows and doors, and try and make them tamper proof locks.
"Light up your house – use timers on lamps inside if you’re going to be out, and make sure you have an outside light that is tied to a motion sensor.
"When burglars are in your house they are looking from items that are Concealable Removable Available Valuable Enjoyable and Disposable (CRAVED). That is why jewellery made up 40% of all property stolen from residential properties in the last 12 months. So keep valuables out of sight and don’t keep large amounts of cash at home,” said Sergeant Courtney.
On average jewellery to the value of €14.2m and €7.8m in cash is taken from Irish homes every year. On average, property worth €35.1m is stolen every year from households.
An Garda Síochána is also advising people that "fishing”, which sees burglars place implements such as adapted fishing rods through letterboxes to "fish” car and house keys from hall tables, can result in houses being easily entered or cars being stolen from outside the house. There were over 200 cases where car keys were "fished” through letterboxes in the last year.
An Garda Síochána recommends people take the following steps to reduce the chances of their home being burgled:
- Secure all doors and windows
- Light up your home and use timer switches on lights for when you are out
- Store keys safely and away from windows and letterboxes
- Record details of valuables and don’t keep large cash amounts at home
- Use your alarm, even when you are at home