Every month, Netwatch review the crime rate in Ireland and crime statistics for businesses. We post monthly crime rate updates detailing where, when, and the type of attempted security breaches we encounter.
Crime statistics for January 2018
- Saturday was the busiest day in January for attempted security breaches.
- Attempted security breaches rose by 15% monthly (December 2017) and by 18% yearly (January 2017).
- Attempted security breaches on building sites increased by 9% as the return of the building boom sees criminals targeting construction site with valuable machinery and assets on site.
- Consumers were eager to check out new 181 cars as attempted breaches at car dealerships increased by 21%.
Crime statistics for February 2018
- Criminals took a break on Valentines Day again this year. Valentine’s Day 2018 was considerably quiet, with attempted security breaches decreasing by 15% on the 14th of February compared to other days that week.
- With just 28 days there was a moderate decrease in February (-4.5%), for attempted security beaches after a very busy start to 2018.
- Car Dealerships was one of the industries to increase slightly (0.5%) in the number of attempted security breaches. All other sectors had modest decreases after a busy January.
- 35% of attempted security breaches in February occurred of Saturday and Sunday
**Status Red Didn’t Deter Criminals**
It was a case of battening down the hatches as Snowmageddon and Irish Criminals up the ante.
Loss of power, leak detection, and attempted burglary were the major trends of Storm Emma. As Ireland battled the elements, our Communications Hubs continued to monitor the sharp increase of attempted security breaches as many of our sites saw along with widespread system power loss and water leak detection.
Compared to Storm Ophelia our sites had less power cuts, but the number of intruders attempting gain access to businesses increased considerably. With many businesses temporarily shut and with little or no access for an immediate physical response, live audio warnings were of paramount to the importance in preventing intruders from accessing remote sites.
Crime statistics for March 2018
- With two bank holidays in March, it is no surprise that attempted security breaches increased by 3.5% (March 2017) and 21.5% (February 2018).
- Attempted breaches at Warehouse and Logistics sites increased by 15.2%
- Easter holidays and two Bank Holiday may be the cause for the 27% increase in attempted breaches during working hours (6am-6pm).
- Attempted breaches on St Patrick’s day increased by 43% compared with other Saturdays in March.
Crime statistics for April 2018
- April had a welcome decrease in attempted security breaches over March decreasing by 5.1% nationally however, attempted breaches rose by 6% over April 2017.
- 15% more attempted breaches occurred between 6pm and 12am in April vs March, this is likely the first sign of the summer shift, where we see increased activity during the brighter evenings.
- Attempted breaches at Warehouses continued to rise by 5.4% vs March and 16.4% over April 2017.
Crime statistics for May 2018
- May had a 10.7% increase in crime over April as the Summer sun and long evenings likely caused a rise in the number of attempted security breaches. This signifies the Summer increase in attempted breaches we see each year.
- Quarries and building sites saw the sharpest rise, by increasing by 17.3% on average.
- Attempted security breaches on the weekend increased between 12pm – 6pm, with increased instances of youths loitering and trespass attempts on closed sites.
- Sunday was the busiest day for attempted security breaches in May.
Crime statistics for June 2018
- Crime increases with the warm weather. Attempted security breaches in June rose by 2% over May and 7.3% in June 2017.
- Friday and Saturday’s were the peak days and saw the biggest increase in June, rising on average 37% over last year statistics.
- Late night and early morning attempted breaches rose by 10.2%.
- With schools out for the summer, we are beginning to see more and more gangs of loitering youths and antisocial behaviour.
Crime statistics for July 2018
- In July, we continued to see increased amounts of anti-social behaviour. This month’s increase is particularly pronounced (19.8% up on June), with youths targeting schools and business parks.
- Attempted security breaches rose for a third month running – increasing 3.8% over June and 11.5% over July 2017.
- Construction sites continued to be targeted by criminals and intruders, with attempted breaches increasing 36% over July 2017.
- Attempted security breaches in Dublin increased 3.9% over July 2017.
Crime statistics for August 2018
- August saw an increase of 0.7% in the number of attempted security breaches over the same month in 2017.
- Offices and Car dealerships were some of the prime targets for criminals this month.
- 39% of attempted breaches happened on weekends, which is an increase of 48% over August 2017.
- 40.7% of all attempted security breaches happened between 6pm and 12am.
Crime statistics for September 2018
- The number of attempted security breaches increased by 16.7% in September.
- Warehouse and factories begin to show signs of the Halloween and October rush as the attempted breaches increase by 25.3% in these industries.
- Intruders on warehouse and factories this time of year are in search of pallets and burning materials
- County Dublin had a notable increase in attempted breaches by 15% monthly and 19% annually.
Crime statistics for October 2018
- Even though October was particularly busy, the number of attempted security breaches decreased by 1.6% over the previous month and 2.4% over October 2017.
- The majority of attempted breaches occurred in the later part of the month (64%) for what could be considered a quieter October / Halloween than normal.
- Building sites were particularly targeted as intruders came in search of pallets and bonfire material, increasing the number of attempted breaches by 4.8% in October and 15.9% over 2017.
Crime statistics for November 2018
- After one of the busiest October’s and Halloween on record, we have thankfully seen a decrease of 20.3% in the number of attempted security breaches in November.
- Over 36% of attempted security breaches occurred between 6PM and 12AM. These hours continue to be prime time for criminals.
- While there was a noticeable change in criminal behaviour this month the drop was less notable at 0.9% based on November 2017.
- Business owners should not get complacent as we anticipate another shift in criminal behaviour shift in the run into Christmas.
Crime statistics for December 2018
- Warehouse and retail sites saw increases in the number of attempted security breaches. This was particularly felt in the week leading up to Christmas.
- Attempted security breaches reduced in the week following Christmas, but increased considerably on New Years Eve.
- New Years Eve proved to be a particularly busy day and evening, with the number of attempted breaches increasing considerably following a relatively quiet week.