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.

An empty house is an easy target for burglars so people should do everything they can to avoid bringing unwanted attention to unoccupied homes while away on travels. Apart from the more practical home security measures, we’re advising people to be extra careful when sharing holiday plans outside of close friends and family, particularly on social mediaColm Blake, Marketing Manager, Zurich Insurance

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