Gardai are urging homeowners to secure their properties during the Summer months, as one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window.

This is part of a European burglary prevention initiative, with 12 countries co-ordinating burglary prevention initiatives.

Half of all burglaries occur during night-time hours, and around €6.4 million worth of goods and cash was stolen last Summer in residential burglaries across the country.

Gardai say thefts of tools, equipment and bicycles from gardens, sheds and garages increases by 32% in Summertime.

As well as locking property and activating the alarm, homeowners are urged to make their home look occupied when they're away on holidays, by using timer switches or apps to turn on lights, cancelling deliveries, and being careful about posting on social media.

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