Kildare ranks as the number two hotspot for burglaries in Ireland according to the 11th Annual eircom PhoneWatch Burglary Report, which was released last week.
The number of break-ins increased by 7.9% in the county since last year and the most burgled month is June. Nationwide, burglaries have risen by 4.12% in the twelve months between July 2010 and June 2011. Dublin continues to top Ireland’s burglary table, with burglaries increasing 13% this year and accounting for 42% of burglaries nationwide. When this figure is combined with the surrounding commuter belt of Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Louth, it climbs to 63% of all burglaries nationwide.
Worryingly, the 2011 report revealed that November is the most likely month of the year for burglaries nationwide. The 2011 report once again determined that burglars no longer strike solely under the cover of darkness. For the fifth year in a row, the most likely time of day to be burgled is between 12pm and 4pm (23%).
Speaking at the launch of the 2011 Burglary Report, Eoin Dunne, General Manager of eircom PhoneWatch commented; “This year’s findings also indicate that burglars are more opportunistic than ever gaining entry through front and rear doors and taking lower value items. As November has been found to be the busiest time for burglaries home owners should be aware of the need to keep their home safe and secure, whether they are at home or not.”