The latest figures on burglaries carried out in 2022 shows a 10% increase in those crimes since the previous year.
PhoneWatch reports that, according to the latest CSO statistics on burglary, this is the first annual increase in the rate of burglaries for five years.
The CSO numbers reveal that there were nearly 9,500 burglaries nationwide throughout 2022.
“The increase in burglary rates is widespread across the country, with a large majority (21 of the 28) of Garda Divisions reporting a year-on-year increase,” Phone Watch reported.
“The counties with the highest increase in burglary rates in 2022 were Meath with a 34% increase, followed closely by Mayo with a 33% increase. Kerry saw a 28% increase, and Kildare 26% while Dublin and its regions saw a 13% increase from 2021 to 2022.”
“In contrast, there were some counties who had decreases in the rate of burglaries, Sligo and Leitrim decreased by 18%, Cork North decreased by 14% and Galway decreased by 8%.
Data published over the past 10 years by the Central Statistics Office reveals that on average 1 in every 10 homes in Ireland has experienced a burglary in that period, with a total of 182,609 burglaries reported, the report said.