Despite 1 in 7 people claiming to have been the victim of household break-ins, nearly half of Irish people (45 percent) are currently living in homes without house alarm systems, according to new research commissioned by Zurich Insurance.
The results show rural dwellers are most exposed to break-ins due to poor home security, despite concerns regarding rural crime. Rural dwellers significantly lag behind urban householders for home security with just 37 percent of people living in Connacht and Ulster, and a slightly improved 40 percent of people in Munster, found to have home alarm systems installed, compared with a far higher proportion of 74 percent in Dublin.
While burglars are known to be increasingly using social media as a means of identifying potential break-in targets, the research found that 1 in 6 people (16 percent) continue to share holiday plans publicly on social media, something which Zurich Insurance believes is putting people and their homes at increased risks from intruders.
Read more about Zurich's Home Security Survey here.