Statistics released show that there have been 461 burglaries across Donegal over the past twelve months.
Conal Kelly of CK Locksmiths in Letterkenny says previous ways of warding or thieves no longer work.
“Sadly, the days of leaving a hallway light on as an effective deterrent for thieves are gone,” he cautions.
Conal says that there are a number of cost-effective and simple steps a home owner can take to reduce the risk of a break-in, including fitting good quality door and window locks or installing a secure safe to protect cash and other valuables kept at home.
“Burglars are opportunistic. Many properties have weak door locks and poor security precautions. When an opportunistic burglar comes across an insecure property, someone’s going to have a bad day,” he says. The cost can often run to thousands of euro, while the impact on victims’ lives can be much worse.
CK Locksmiths can be contacted on 074 91 22094.