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Monday 18 December 2017

Burglaries buck trend as crime figures fall

Maria Pepper

All categories of crime with the exception of burglaries are down in the Wexford garda division.

All categories of crime with the exception of burglaries are down in the Wexford garda division.

The 'good' news and the 'bad' news was announced in a quarterly crime report by Chief Superintendent John Roche to a Joint Policing Committee meeting of Wexford County Council.

The Garda boss said the overall crime picture remains positive.

But there has been an overall increase of 9% increase in burglaries, both domestic and business.

That compares to a 13% reduction in break-ins around the county last March.

The biggest increase is in house burglaries which have shown a 68% surge.

'The vast majority of them are vacant houses where the occupants have gone out to work,' said the Superintendent.

While all other crime categories remain down on last year, there have been slight increases in the past few months.

Theft from shops was down 28% last March and is now at a 21% reduction.

Theft from cars is down 45%, mainly due to crime prevention measures taken by the public.

The theft of garden machinery and oil has increased in recent months but is still down by 2% on last year.

This compares to a decrease of 20% in March.

Public order and criminal damage offences are also down, according to the Chief Superintendent while the incidence of assault has dropped bgy 45%.

Cllr. Pat Codd welcomed the reduction in crime and said it is important to focus on the positive.

Commenting on the rise in house burglaries, Cllr. Declan McPartlin said break-ins cause people great distress.

'It is not the value of what is taken -burglaries have huge consequences for many people.'

Wexford People

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