There have been almost 250,000 reported burglaries in Ireland in the last 10 years
It is the equivalent of one in every seven homes or businesses experiencing a break-in.
A new analysis has shown that there has been almost a quarter of a million break-ins to premises over the last decade.
According to figures published by PhoneWatch, total 245,260 burglaries occurred in Ireland between January 2009 and December 2018.
2018 saw the lowest number of burglaries for the decade so far, with 16,969 recorded burglaries for that year, but the early figures for 2019 show another decrease, with the 4,226 burglaries recorded in the first three months of this year representing a 4.6% drop on the first three months of the same time period in 2018.
PhoneWatch Managing Director, Eoin Dunne said that "While we’re seeing a welcome reduction in burglaries in recent years, the reality is it remains all too common in Ireland. By examining the figures over an extended period we can see the true scale and impact of burglary in Ireland."
Dublin had to the most recorded break-ins, accounting for 102,555 (or 41%) of all burglaries of the last decade, followed by Louth, Kildare, and Wicklow.
Kerry showed the lowest burglary rate of the country, the equivalent of 1-in-19 premises experiencing a break-in in the last decade, followed by Donegal, Mayo, and Cork.
The five busiest Garda stations for recorded reports of burglaries are Tallaght, Blanchardstown, Dundrum, Pearse Street (Dublin), and Waterford.
Meanwhile, the quietest Garda stations for burglary reports were Glenamoy in Mayo, Roundstone in Galway, and Barraduff in Kerry, each recording less than one burglary every year on average.