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Counties with the highest home insurance claims revealed as householders warned to lock up valuables

Householders have been warned to lock up their valuables after new county-by-county data reveals crisis zones.

The AA research found the average theft claims made to home insurers is €3,500.

People living in Wexford  suffered the highest average loss at €6,600, with burglars swiping valuables and damaging properties.

County Louth residents had the second highest loss resulting in claims worth an average of €6,286.

Meath is the third highest with an average loss of €5,300, followed by Longford where claims reached €4,663.

Dublin was ninth in the league table of the highest losses by county for 2015.

The average Dublin  home suffered a loss of close to €3,500, the figures show.

Residents in Mayo claimed the least for theft in 2015 at just €650.

A spokesman Conor Faughnan said commuter counties and highly populated areas are a target for robbers.

“While there are some stark differences between counties it is clear that no matter where you live, there is always a risk your home could become a victim of theft.

“It’s really important that you have adequate home insurance cover in place, something many people still do not have.”

He urged families heading off on holiday to lock up their valuables.

He added: “I don’t like giving people advice that costs money but a monitored alarm system is worthwhile.

“It does provide a deterrent effect and while it may not make your home totally secure, it does at least tell potential thieves that you are not an easy target.

“It is also reassuring to know that if anything does happen at home you will know about it while on your holidays.”

Average insurance claims county by county

WEXFORD €6,624

LOUTH €6,286

MEATH €5,348

LONGFORD €4,663

LEITRIM €4,639

LAOIS €4,042

OFFALY €3,953

WICKLOW €3,513

DUBLIN €3,467

ROSCOMMON €3,400

GALWAY €3,233

CORK €3,208

KILDARE €2,921

CARLOW €2,893

TIPPERARY €2,780

CLARE €2,442

KERRY €2,433

WATERFORD €1,816

SLIGO €1,808

KILKENNY €1,681

ULSTER COUNTIES €1440

WESTMEATH €1,425

LIMERICK €1,294

MAYO €650

Average Total €3,495

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