Burglaries are on the rise in Dublin. How do I protect my home?
Can Double Glazed Windows help?
According to the Garda Síochána, the rates of burglary have increased by 20% since 2007. The six Garda divisions in Dublin together account for 82% of this increase according to CSO figures. There were 2,300 burglaries in the capital last year which represents a 60% jump from previous levels. It is more pressing than ever to know how I can protect my home.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in response to public outcry has proposed new legislation, which will allow for consecutive prison sentences for anyone who commits repeat burglaries.
While these measures are welcomed, here are a few tips to help you answer the question,
How do I protect my home?
1 Don’t advertise that you are away
- If burglars suspect that a person is home, there is a higher chance that they won’t attempt to break in.
- Most break-ins occur during the day while the majority of people are working.
- When leaving the house, try to create the illusion that the house is still occupied.
- Try leaving an interior light on with a radio or television playing in earshot of the door.
2 Make it difficult to break in.
- Double check to ensure that your composite doors are locked and all double glazed windows are shut.
- All exterior doors should be fitted with deadbolt locks which are pick-resistant and ensure that exterior doors are made with solid wood or metal.
- Don’t leave your keys in easy to find places such as, under door-mats, flower pots, window boxes, or on the door frame.
- Check out our range of exterior security doors here.
3 Secure or replace old sliding doors
- Some older sliding doors can be broken past by simply slipping them out of their frame, even when locked.
- Replace with new more secure sliding doors.
- Place a rod or bar in the track to prevent sliding door from being able to slide back.
- Purchase a security grill to obstruct burglers who smash the glass from easy entry.
- Check out our range of protected sliding doors here.
4 Ensure windows are protected
- Windows should be hooked up to a home security alarm. Windows should have locks that operate from the inside so they can be used for escape.
- Ensure that your double glazed windows are coated them with an impact-resistant film to strengthen them.
- All double glazed windows or glass panel in the door that are closer than 42 inches to the lock should be reinforced with an invisible security film. This will prevent burglars from breaking the glass and reaching through to unlock the door.
- Install window stops that prevent them from being opened more than 6 inches to prevent access. If you do however, all residents must know how to remove the stops to make an emergency exit.
- Double glazed windows protected with a security film will not shatter and obstruct entry.
- Check out our range of secure windows here.
5 Get to know your neighbours
- The best protection for your home comes from neighbours who look out each other. Meet with your neighbours to ask them to keep an eye on things while your house is unoccupied.
- Be vigilant for your neighbours in return.
- Join your local neighbourhood watch or community crimewatch program, if none exist in your area, consider creating one.
- Garda Síochána community policing officers are available to help you plan and organise such programs.
- Contact them here.
These are just 5 ways in which you can protect your home. Ensure to lock up all your composite doors and double glazed windows every time you leave your house.