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Winter phase of Operation Thor 30.09.22

AN Garda Síochána is today launching the winter phase of Operation Thor. The operation is designed to prevent potential burglars from exploiting the reduced hours of daylight.

Research indicates that in Ireland there can be a surge of up to 20% in this form of crime during the winter months, when daylight hours are at the lowest level. Burglary is most likely to take place during the hours of 5pm to 9pm on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

The winter phase of Operation Thor will begin tomorrow, 1st October 2022 and run until the end of March 2023. First introduced in 2015, Operation Thor actively targets organised crime gangs and repeat offenders through co-ordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity based on intelligence and the latest burglary trends.

Since Operation Thor was introduced, burglary and related offences have steadily declined and figures show that there has been a 36% reduction in the rate of such offences when compared to the pre Covid-19 levels in 2019.

To date this year, there have been 6,100 residential burglaries reported in Ireland. During the same period in 2019 there were 10,297.
Simple steps can help protect your home:

• Turn on some lights (LED bulbs are more energy efficient)
• Use timer switches / motion detectors
• Lock all doors and windows
• Use an alarm
• Store keys away from windows
• Don’t keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house

On the 20th September 2022, Gardaí launched the An Garda Síochána Property App. The app is a newly developed mobile software that allows the public to index and record their personal property, for example, jewellery, electronic equipment, bicycles, laptops and farm machinery.

In a situation where the user has their property stolen, the app has the facility to report the theft to Gardaí. The app can be downloaded on any smart device form the app store.
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