How to avoid expensive appliance repair at home
The number of people who have lost their appliances has increased by almost 100% in the past year, according to the National Consumer Affairs Agency.
This is because many people who live in areas where there is a higher incidence of appliance repair have not been able to get to them or have had them stolen, according a report.
It found that there were 2,500 instances of burglary or attempted burglary of appliances in Ireland last year.
This increased by more than 1,000 per cent in the last year, while the number of burglaries of other household items rose by 1,300 per cent.
The NCA found that people who lived in areas with the highest burglary rates were more likely to have been the victims of theft.
There are currently more than 8,000 appliance repairs and repairs costing up to €50,000 each, but there is an overall increase in the cost of repairs, particularly in the case of appliances that are under warranty, according the NCA.
The report found that burglars tend to target appliances that cost more than €10,000 and that thefts tend to be less frequent in those areas.
It also found that burglary in households with children increased by 10.6 per cent, while burglary in families with children dropped by 1.9 per cent compared to the previous year.
There were also more burglaries in areas which have recently seen a surge in the number and sophistication of home burglaries, the NAC said.
A survey by The Irish News found that the number, and the sophistication of burglars, were also on the rise in areas that have seen an increase in burglaries.
The survey found that nearly half of the households surveyed had been the target of a burglary, while just over a third of households had experienced an attempted burglary.
“It is very worrying that there are more burglars in our communities,” said Cllr.
Eoin O’Sullivan, Minister for Consumer Affairs.
“The number of crimes involving burglary is increasing.
We need to understand the extent of the problem, which is caused by the failure of owners to follow the safety rules and protect their property.”
I am aware that there has been an increase of burglacies, but I urge anyone who believes they have experienced a burglary to contact the police and report it.
“The National Consumer Protection Agency also recommends that anyone who has experienced a home burglary to immediately report it to the police.”
Mr O’Sullivans spokesperson said that if anyone had had a burglary they could contact the NCCA.
“If a burglary has been committed, the person should report it by calling 999.
A report will be made to the NFA.”
People who are concerned about a burglary should also be aware that the NACA’s Crime Prevention Tips website has information on how to report a burglary.
The information is available on the NPCA website,” he added.