Massive 45 per cent increase in burglaries
BURGLARIES are on the rise in Greystones and in 2008 the number of burglaries in the village increased by a whopping 45 per cent.
At last Tuesday’s Joint Policing Committee meeting Superintendent Mick Lernihan outlined the crime figures in Greystones for the 2008. While robberies, sexual offenses and public order offences dropped very slightly there was a massive increase in burglaries rising from 107 in 2007 to 156 in 2008.
However that is still less than the 2006 figure of 181 burglaries. Superintendant Lernihan said that in the first 27 days of Janu- ary there had been 16 burglaries in Greystones, all of which currently remained unsolved, leaving the village on course for similar figures in 2009.
Serious assaults also increased an alarming 300 per cent from two in 2007 to six in 2008.
Also on the increase were thefts from shops which increased from 64 in 2007 to 65 in 2008; thefts from vehicles which increased to 69 in 2008 from 64 in 2007 and thefts from a person increased by one to five in 2008.
On the decrease was sexual offences which went from five in 2007 to four in 2008; the unauthorised taking of a car which decreased by 13 per cent from 54 in 2007 to 47 in 2008 and criminal damage which went from 210 to 202 in 2008 bringing it almost on a par with the 2006 levels of 201 instances.
Superintendant Lernihan also said the gardaí had increased the amount of drug searches they undertook in 2008 by 68 per cent. In 2008, he said, they carried out 174 drugs searches in comparison to 103 the previous year. In 2006 just 40 drug searches were carried out indicating a concerted effort by gardaí to stop drug dealers in their tracks.
Drunk driving also increased almost 40 per cent rising from 41 in 2007 to 57 in 2008. Superintendent Lernihan said the crime detection rate in the Bray district was 30 per cent last year, down five per cent on figures in 2007.