Wexford is not very violent - Roche
Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00
The level of violent crime in Wexford is not especially high when compared to the rest of the country.
Chief Superintendent John Roche said that level of property crime in the county remained static this year when compared to the same period last year. Last year there were a total of 2,522 incidents of property crime while so far this year there were 2,521.
He said that burglaries from homes and businesses increased by one per from 939 in 2014 to 950 for the same period this year. However he said that robberies had dropped by a whopping 53 per cent compared to the same period last year. From January to December 7 last year there were 34 robberies but there had been just 16 this year.
Chief Superintendent Roche said the Wexford gardai were actively taking part in Operation Thor to help combat robberies and thefts. He went on to say that a lot of the property crime related to the theft of mobile phones from a person where the threat of violence or actual violence was used.
He also said that the reduction in thefts from shops in the Wexford district was very positive as in most other garda divisions nationally it was on the increase.
Cllr Davy Hynes said that Wexford had recently been named as one of the worst counties in the country for burglaries.
Chief Superintendent Roche said that the gardai is 'doing everything possible' to reduce the number of burglaries in the county and would continue to do so into 2016.
Deputy John Browne said that he had heard a lot of reports of burglaries in the Marshalstown, Ballindaggin and Oylegate area recently and wondered what the gardai were doing about this. Chief Superintendent Roche said that there had been a problem in the area recently but said there is increased garda patrols in the Enniscorthy district to deal with the recent spike in burglaries.