The number of burglaries was down almost 9% in the 12 months to June last year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.

However, gardaí are warning people to remain vigilant.

Today's figures suggest that most burglars look for easy targets, such as homes with no lights on, no alarm or unsecured doors and windows.

One third of burglaries took place between 5pm and 8pm, 15% happened overnight, and in over half of cases entry was made through either the front or back doors.

Jewellery and cash were stolen in three quarters of cases.

Over 100 reports of keys being "fished" through letterboxes were recorded, resulting in break-ins or car thefts.

Gardaí have urged people to keep valuables out of sight, secure all doors and windows and to use an alarm.