Crime rises in re­ces­sion

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THE re­ces­sion in Ire­land could spark a crime wave across Wick­low.

Cllr. Ge­orge Jones, speak­ing at last Tues­day night’s meet­ing of Grey­stones Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee, asked Su­per­in­ten­dant Mick Lerni­han if the re­ces­sion would have any im­pact on crime in the area. ‘There seems to be a wor­ry­ing in­crease in crime. Does crime in­crease in a re­ces­sion? Do we have the man­power to cope?’

Su­per­in­ten­dant Lerni­han said that he had been in the gar­daí for 32 years and the high­est spike in crime he ever saw was in 1983/1984 which was a re­ces­sion year.

‘ In times of plenty you see a lot of cannabis and ec­stasy but in times of tight- ness you see heroin. The man power lev­els in Grey­stones are al­ways chang­ing with peo­ple leav­ing but they are re­placed.

‘Next week we have three peo­ple go­ing but there are three new guards com­ing.

‘We are hop­ing to get an ex­tra guard ap­pointed as a com­mu­nity guard for the Kil­coole area in March or April.’

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