Report reveals September as Mayo’s most burgled month

Out of Ireland's 26 counties, Mayo ranks number 23 for burglaries, which accounts for one per cent of burglaries nationwide, according to the 2011 eircom PhoneWatch Burglary Report. The report also found that the most burglaries in Mayo take place in September.

Overall, burglaries in Ireland have increased by 4.12 per cent nationwide. Dublin continues to top Ireland’s burglary table, with burglaries increasing 13 per cent this year and accounting for 42 per cent of burglaries nationwide.

The 2011 report also reinforces previous findings as once again it 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 per cent ).

The 2011 eircom PhoneWatch Burglary Report, the most comprehensive report of burglaries in Ireland, also reveals that an average value of €1,868 was taken from each home burgled.

Speaking at the launch of the 2011 Burglary Report, Eoin Dunne the general manager of Eircom PhoneWatch commented: “The figures consistently demonstrate that the vast majority of burglaries take place while the home is occupied, thus increasing the risk of confrontation and personal danger, so it is of particular importance that people become more security aware while they are in the home.”

The Eircom PhoneWatch Burglary Report, which has been published annually for the last ten years, was launched to raise overall awareness of the need for increased household security in Ireland. To view burglary statistics for your county or area, or to access additional home security tips, visit www.PhoneWatch.ie or call Eircom PhoneWatch staff on 1850 500900.

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