Two in five Dubliners victims of home raids
ALMOST two-in-five householders in Dublin have been the victims of a burglary, new research has revealed.
A total of 38pc of respondents to a survey of 15,500 people said they had been broken into at some stage.
The rate was higher than the nationwide figure of 28.5pc, the research by the AA showed.
IT COMES AFTER CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE (CSO) FIGURES SHOWED BURGLARIES INCREASED BY 22PC IN WEST DUBLIN BETWEEN 2004 AND 2012, WHILE THERE WAS AN 11PC JUMP IN THE CITY'S NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION.
Commuter counties like Louth, Kildare and Meath have also been particularly badly hit.
In Meath, there was a 40pc increase in burglaries between 2004 and 2012.
This statistic was reflected in the latest AA Home Insurance survey, which showed people in Meath have experienced more burglaries than in any other county in 2013.
"The problem in the commuter counties around Dublin is that every morning a would-be burglar knows that there will be a mass exodus towards the capital, leaving behind whole estates full of empty houses, meaning easy pickings," the AA's Conor Faughnan said.
Some 22pc of Limerick residents said they were burgled, more than in any other county in Munster.
Burglaries in Limerick increased by almost 10pc in the past eight years.
A little more than 21pc of residents in Leitrim said they had been burgled at some stage, more than in any other county in Connacht, while in Cavan the figure was 19pc.
The survey shows homes in Donegal are the safest, with just 13pc saying they had been robbed.
"Burglaries don't just mean the loss of some of your belongings, but they also mean an infringement on your personal life and your security," Mr Faughnan said.
THE AA POLL FOUND THE OFFENDER GAINED ACCESS TO A PROPERTY THROUGH AN OPEN DOOR OR WINDOW IN 14PC OF CASES.
However, 31pc of victims said the intruder had gained access through a locked door.
The AA advised that all exterior doors should be fitted with deadbolt locks, which are pick-resistant.
These doors should also be made with solid wood or metal, a minimum of one-inch thick.
The best way to protect your house is with a good quality burglar alarm.