Posted on Nov 2, 2016 in From the Garda, Residential Security

Operation Thor’s Lock Up Light Up campaign 2016

It’s that time of year again and An Garda Síochána have reminded us to be vigilant, lock up and stay safe this Winter – see the Operation Thor’s Lock Up Light Up campaign 2016.

In the winter months, residential burglaries increase by 23%, so with some small steps and actions on your part, you can help deter would-be thievesmake them think twice.



Here is a reminder of the key points of the campaign: (© An Garda Síochána)

  • In winter, residential burglaries increase by 23%.
  • Over 45% of residential burglaries in winter occur between 5pm and 11pm.
  • In 19% of burglaries, entry is through an unsecured door or window.
  • Jewellery and cash are the most common objects stolen during burglaries.
  • The typical value stolen per incident in the last twelve months is €600.
  • There were over 160 cases where car keys were “fished” through the letterbox in the past year.
  • More incidents reported by an alarm activation were detected than not detected.

Whether you are at home or going out, remember to turn on some lights, use timer switches, lock all doors and windows, use an alarm, store keys away from windows and letter boxes and don’t store large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.



The website of An Garda Síochána has numerous leaflets, tips and guides for crime prevention.


(image “Lockup & Light Up” © An Garda Síochána)