Government failing to tackle plague of burglary and theft – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
The CSO this morning released figures which show both an increase in burglary and theft offences for the first 3 months of this year with a combined figure of nearly 90,000 incidents.
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has called on the Government to act to ensure communities and vulnerable people are afforded more adequate protections.
Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;
“The figures released this morning do not make for positive reading, and the Minister for Justice must be more proactive regarding crime prevention.
“The first three months of the year has seen close to 19,000 burglaries and 70,000 thefts, figures which are frankly quite staggering.
“Despite what the Minister tells us, many Garda Stations are running to stand still. Most Garda Stations are still only just at or below 2010 levels.
"The figures tell us that Dublin has lost almost 100 Gardaí since last year, despite what the Minister and the Government are telling us about increased resources and increased numbers. In real terms, Dublin has lost 1,000 Gardaí since 2010.
“Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy, in January stated 'We have hit rock bottom' with regards policing numbers in Dublin.
“Community Policing is down 40% nationally since 2010, with that figure being higher in some locations.
“'We also have the farcical situation that up to 50% of all front-line Gardaí do not have the adequate training and clearance to pursue cars at high speed.
“By failing to address these issues, Minister Flanagan is failing to support communities and people who have been plagued by such crimes in the last few months.
“We need to take a different approach, one which sees more Gardaí on the ground and on our streets, and which places policing in the community front and centre.
“There is fear of property crime and serious crime in both rural and urban areas; it is the job of An Garda Síochána, with the adequate support of the Minister, to ensure this fear is eradicated.”