More than one home is burgled in Cork city every day 

More than one home is burgled in Cork city every day 

There is more than one burglary every day in Cork city, new figures reveal.

Garda statistics have revealed that 210 burglaries were reported in the city division in 165 days from January 1 up to last weekend. 

Superintendent Michael Comyns said a number of recent burglaries in the city have targeted jewellery and cash from people's homes. 

Burglary gangs have also been targeting homes across the county in recent months, with gardaí believing that gangs from Dublin are responsible for some of the raids.

The latest figures were revealed as part of the first ever EU Focus Day on domestic burglaries across Europe.

Twelve countries, including Ireland, joined forces to tackle residential burglaries by warning people how to prevent themselves becoming a victim.

According to gardaí, one quarter of summer residential burglaries occur through an unsecured door or window.

Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Graham Kavanagh said:

"An Garda Síochána are happy to support this European burglary prevention initiative. Whilst burglary rates have been falling, particularly in winter months, we cannot be complacent."

"I would advise homeowners to secure their properties during the summer months, where one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window. Thefts of tools, equipment and bicycles increase by a third during the summer. An unlocked shed or unsecured bike are easy targets for the burglar.” 

He added: “Remember to make your home look occupied, particularly if you intend to be away for an extended period. Once your home is locked and alarmed, ask a neighbour to regularly check your property, use timer switches or apps to turn on lights, cancel deliveries, tidy the garden and watch what you post on social media. Keep the surprises for your holiday and not when you return.”

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