Crime rises in recession
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.’