This is how to prevent house break-ins according to Gardai
Gardai released a number of tips to help prevent home break-ins.
They have launched them as part of the Supporting Safer Communities campaign, which is focused on burglary, crime prevention and reduction.
The dark evenings, which are fast approaching, expose homes that are not well lit or appear unoccupied to burglars.
The tips Gardai have for home owners include:
- Install security lighting, which will help make your home more visible to neighbours and passers-by.
- Avoid the creation of shadowy, dark areas and position the security light fitting out of reach.
- Use a timer switch to turn on lights and other appliances to create the impression that someone is at home.
- Before you go on holidays ask a neighbour, friend or family member to open and close curtains and remove post and deliveries.
- Always lock doors and windows. In one in every five burglaries, the intruder has simply walked through an open door or climbed though an open window.
- Store keys safely, last year over 200 sets of car keys were fished through letterboxes or through open windows.
- If you have a house burglar alarm, remember to set it even when you’re home at night.
- Become a member of a Neighbourhood Watch, Community Alert and/or Text Alert scheme.