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Warning over winter burglary rate
22 Sep 2014 18:06
New figures show homicide offences, kidnapping and theft offences increased in the 12-month period ending in June 2014.
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CSO crime figures show the rise in homicide offences was driven by a 33.3% increase in murder from 45 to 60 recorded offences.
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Over the same period, kidnapping and related offences rose by 30.7% to 132 recorded offences.
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Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences rose by 1.9%.
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Rises were also seen in theft and related offences, fraud, deception and related offences, and controlled drug offences.
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Meanwhile, gardaí have advised householders to take steps to protect their property, as burglaries typically increase by 25% during winter.
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While the rate of burglaries has reduced over the last year, gardaí are advising people to remain vigilant and security conscious.
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Figures show that the peak time for residential burglaries is between 5pm and 11pm in the winter months.
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The analysis also shows that nearly 50% of burglaries in winter take place through the rear of home, while 20% of households are entered by burglars through an unsecured door or window.
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