Rise in crimes at business sites
CRIMES at business sites jumped to almost 6,200 within 2011 with the majority taking place in December.
The Netwatch Commercial Crime Report 2011 also shows that the rate of criminal activity rose slightly in the second half of the year, with an average of 13 more incidents recorded per month compared to the first six months of the year.
The research shows that weekends remain the most active time for criminal activity with 33pc of all criminal activity recorded on a Saturday or Sunday.
Thursday is the least favoured day by criminals attempting to gain access or cause damage to commercial property.
David Walsh, Group CEO of Netwatch, said that commercial criminal activity remains consistent, with a slight rise in activity during the second half of the year, compared to the first six months.
"Holiday periods were busy, with criminals particularly active during the summer months of May, July and August, when businesses are typically quieter," he said.
"The activity eased off in the autumn only to peak again during the festive period, when there was 70pc increase in crime compared with the previous month."
December was the busiest month for criminal activity, with 721 incidents recorded, while February was the quietest month with 405 incidents recorded.
The report found that 63pc of incidents involved more than one intruder and 86pc of intruders were on foot.