Spike in burglaries sees 16 per cent rise in Southern Division

By Maurice Garvey

BURGLARIES have increased by over 16 per cent in Dublin's Southern Garda Division during the first six months of 2015.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show a total of 494 burglaries were recorded in the second quarter of 2015 – compared to 425 in the same period of 2014.

The CSO statistics cover the period from January to June 2015. Burglaries increased in Tallaght, from an average of 78 a month in 2014, to 83 a month this year.

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According to the latest data, gardai have recorded 499 incidents in Tallaght to date, compared with 938 in all of 2014.

The average number of burglaries reported to Clondalkin Garda Station increased from a monthly average of 30 in 2014, to 44 in 2015.

Neighbouring Ronanstown Garda Station recorded two burglaries a month extra on average – rising to 23.
Lucan’s average monthly tally also rose by two to 26 in 2015.

Rathfarnham was the worst hit, seeing a rise of 14 burglaries a month on average in 2015 – the area had 430 reported incidents last year.

Average monthly figures show a slight decrease in burglaries in Crumlin and Terenure. An average of 24 burglaries a month in Crumlin dropped by one, whilst in Terenure, monthly averages dropped by one from 20 in 2014.

Security expert Jim Toal of Fairco.ie, urges householders to consider burglar-proof windows and doors to deter a more “effective breed of burglar.”

Mr Toal said: “The average alarm doesn’t deter the new burglar. He has all the tools of the trade to break into the average home.

“We would urge all householders to consider fitting windows that carry the police-preferred Secured By Design specification.”

Fairco were the first Irish company to achieve the ‘police-preferred specification’ PAS 024 certification on their doors and windows.”

The company offer householders €3,000 if an intruder even attempts to gain access to homes fitted with their product.

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