Rural dwellers most exposed to break-ins due to poor home security
Despite 1 in 7 people claiming to have been the victim of household break-ins, nearly half of Irish people (45 percent) are currently living in homes without house alarm systems
Research commissioned by Zurich Insurance found that a solid 24 percent of people’s homes across the country are now monitored remotely 24/7 by a security provider, however, in spite of this, 38 percent of people admit to leaving the house without setting the alarm. Similarly, 1 in 10 people leave their household doors unlocked on occasions despite the obvious risks.
Despite concerns regarding rural crime, rural dwellers significantly lag urban householders for home security with just 37 percent of people living in Connacht and Ulster, and a slightly improved 40 percent of people in Munster, found to have home alarm systems installed, compared with a far higher proportion of 74 percent in Dublin.
The research, commissioned by Zurich Insurance, is based on a nationally representative survey sample of 1,000 adults and was carried out by Empathy Research in November 2017