The number of home burglaries during the winter months has fallen by 50 per cent in the last 4 years.

Gardaí say it's as a result of the Winter Phase of Operation Thor, which has just been launched for its fifth year.

Statistics show home burglaries at a national level fell from more than 12,000 in the winter of 2014/15 to just under 6,000 last winter.

Gardai say this is a direct result of its implementation of the Winter Phase of Operation Thor.

The campaign targets organised crime gangs and repeat offenders through coordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity.

Gardai are advising that homes that look unoccupied are more vulnerable to being robbed.

1 in 5 burglars enter a home through an unsecured door or window, with the majority looking for cash and jewellery.

27% of burglaries take place through the front door, and 25% through a rear door, while access through a rear window accounts for 28%.





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