Winter phase of
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
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
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
• 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
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