Every month, Netwatch review the crime rate in Ireland and crime statistics for businesses. We post monthly updates about 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.