NEW figures from AA Ireland show almost a quarter of homeowners in Limerick have been burgled.
According to a nationwide survey of more than 15,000 people, 22% of homeowners in Limerick reported that their home had been broken into - more than any other county in Munster.
According to figures from the Central Statistics Office, the number of burglaries reported in Limerick increased by almost 10%between 2004 and 2012.
However, the latest figures for the first quarter of 2013 show there was a 28% reduction in burglaries across the Limerick garda division compared to the same period last year.
The AA is warning homeowners to make sure their homes are fully protected as its survey showed that 14% of those whose homes were burgled said the offender got in through an open window or door. “It’s a good idea to get yourself into a routine before you leave the house or when you’re going to bed” said Conor Faughnan of AA Ireland.