Crime breakdown

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

A BREAKDOWN of crime re­ported and de­tected through­out the Wick­low Garda District this year to the end of Oc­to­ber was out­lined to Wick­low Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee on Mon­day.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Paul Quirke out­line the progress made by An Garda Síochána to date and also the chal­lenge in terms of re­sources. He out­lined a num­ber of pro­gres­sive ini­tia­tives such as the Saor Pro­ject which tar­gets high level of­fend­ers. In such cases a ‘case man­ager’ is ap­pointed to a de­fen­dant and all the charges are brought be­fore the court on the same date so the judge can as­sess the mat­ter fully and gar­daí can ob­ject to bail. Supt Quirke said that in many ar­eas crime was on the de­crease and he hoped that the down­ward trend would con­tinue. He high­lighted is­sues with thefts from ve­hi­cles, par­tic­u­larly in tourist hotspots, and thefts of al­co­hol from shops, es­pe­cially be­fore Christ­mas.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Paul Quirke.

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