Bur­glar­ies soar by over 60%

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

BUR­GLAR­IES are up by 63 per cent for the year in yet an­other hugely-wor­ry­ing crime trend in Kerry.

“IT’S the one thing re­ally bug­ging us in Kerry...I can as­sure you bur­glar­ies are tak­ing up a se­ri­ous amount of our time as we do ev­ery­thing we can to po­lice what is a de­spi­ca­ble crime – peo­ple break­ing into other peo­ple’s homes,” Chief Supt Tom My­ers told the JPC on Fri­day.

197 bur­glar­ies were com­mit­ted be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust 31 of this year – up from 121 in the same pe­riod last year. Ag­gra­vated bur­glar­ies rose by 25 per cent; from four last year to five so far this year. One of the fac­tors be­hind the surge in bur­glar­ies was that last year was rel­a­tively quiet. “The trend in 2016 was so low it makes the 2017 fig­ures look ex­or­bi­tant.”

How­ever, the de­tec­tion rate in Kerry is higher than the na­tional av­er­age and this partly ac­counts for the in­crease. And the de­tec­tions are lead­ing to prose­cu­tions with 47 ac­cused of the crime be­fore Kerry courts at present.

“We’re putting a lot of our time and ef­forts into in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing, street check­points, the tar­get­ing of re­peat of­fend­ers and a lot of of­fend­ers are now on cur­fews.”

The JPC also heard that the force in Kerry is be­ing bol­stered by more gar­daí – 12 new re­cruits have been ap­pointed so far with up to six more po­si­tions promised for De­cem­ber.

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