An Garda Siochana, Winter Burglary Prevention: FACTS: In winter, burglaries increase by 25%, Over 40% of burglaries in winter occur between 5pm and 11pm, In 20% of burglaries, entry is through an unsecured door or window, Jewellery and cash are the most common articled stolen during burglaries, There were over 200 cases where car keys were “fished” through the letterbox in the past year. TOP 5 TIPS: Secure all Doors and Windows, Light up your Home, use timer switches when out, Store Keys safely and away from windows & letterboxes, Record details of Valuables and don’t keep large Cash amounts at home, Use your Alarm, even when at home. OVER CHRISTMAS: Put presents under the Christmas tree early on Christmas morning, If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it is delivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the door step. Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals. See www.garda.ie for more information.