'Renewed Focus' Promised Over Burglaries

The Gardaí Commissioner has vowed to give "renewed focus" after statistics published today showed a marked increase in the number of burglaries throughout the state.

Figures released today by the Central Statistics Office have revealed that burglary and related offences increased by 26.2% from the start of July to the end of August.

Responding to the publication, the Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said the marked increase required a renewed focus of investigative resources on the crime as well as increased emphasis on prevention.

The Commissioner said: "I am conscious that burglary is a crime that can impact significantly on individuals and their sense of security.

"I want to assure the community that my people continue to target those who are committing burglaries with intelligence-led, focused operations.

"These activities have yielded results and people are charged before the courts. Nonetheless, this work must and will continue."

The Commissioner added there was a need for partnership in tackling all crime, particularly opportunistic crimes such as burglary. He called for the community’s help in Gardaí investigations of crimes, saying "Keeping a look out for activity in your area and providing us with information can be of great benefit to us in our work."

Among the other statistics revealed today, there were 12 recorded murder and manslaughter offences, 318 sexual offences and a decrease in the number of dangerous or negligent Acts by over 18% to 3,716.


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