Sunday 20 October 2019

Burglaries across county up 22%


BURGLARIES in County Wexford were up by more than one fifth in 2011, an analysis of the latest crime figures shows.

According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of burglaries in County Wexford increased by 22% in 2011, up from a total of 723 in 2010 to 879 last year.

Increases in burglaries were recorded in 20 of the country's 28 Garda divisions in 2011. The biggest increase nationally was in the Meath Garda division where burglaries were up 40 per cent on 2010.

There is better news for Wexford in other categories recording criminal activity.

The CSO data shows that drug crime fell by 12% in County Wexford in 2011, in keeping with the national trend where drug crime is down in all but two divisions. Drug crime trends are determined by combining the number of cases of 'possession of drugs for personal use' and 'possession of drugs for sale or supply'.

In Wexford there were 386 drug offences in 2011, a drop of 45 from 2010's total of 431.

The figures also reveal a drop in the number of offences in Wexford for drunk driving in 2011 with 308 'driving/in charge of a vehicle while over legal alcohol limit' offences, compared to 332 in 2010, an 8% fall.

CSO figures on burglaries in County Wexford are very much in line with the findings of a new 2011 Eircom Phonewatch Burglary Report which reveals that:

- May is the most burgled month of the year in Wexford.

- Wexford accounts for 4% of burglaries nationwide.

- €1,868 was the average value taken from each home burgled.

- Between 12 p.m. and 4p.m. is the most likely time of day to be burgled (23% of all burglaries).

- Thursday is the most targeted day of week (16.5% of all burglaries in 2011).

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