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Ó Snodaigh responds to quarterly crime stats

30 July, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the quarterly crime statistics published today show a significant increase in drug crime and armed crime in addition to continuing unacceptable levels of other crimes such as criminal damage and public order offences.

He said, "The quarterly crime stats published today show a worrying and significant increase in drug crime, armed crime and a leap in theft from persons. Sinn Féin is again calling for a Garda re-prioritisation of resources.

"Drug and gun crime have each increased by over 10 percent. While increases in, for example, disorderly conduct and criminal damage are lower in absolute terms the figures remain high. It is imperative that the Gardaí look at these latest quarterly figures both in terms of increases and absolute figures and deploy their resources accordingly. They must also look beyond these national stats to focus their resources on the geographic areas where crime is higher and increasing at a rate that is greater than the national average.

"These figures in fact underestimate the reality as they represent recorded crime only and under reporting remains a problem.

"Sinn Féin is very disappointed that there has not been a significant decrease public order offences. We believe that had our proposals on Garda deployment and resource allocation, contained in our submission to the Garda Policing Plan for 2008, been adopted and implemented we would have been looking at a significantly bigger drop in public order offences." ENDS

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