Gardaí solve just 25% of burglaries, latest figures show

Only one in four recorded burglaries are solved by gardaí, figures show.

A major report published by the CSO shows garda detection rates mostly improved between 2006 and 2010, with notable exceptions being in relation to homicides and sexual offences.

Crime generally increased in this period, with 11 of the 16 crime categories recording a rise in offences.

While Dublin dominates in terms of the number of crimes per head of population, Kerry recorded the highest number of firearms offences in 2010.

The CSO report confirms a rise in burglaries in recent years, with an increase from 24,792 in 2006 to 25,377 in 2010. That increased further to 27,439 in 2011.

The report shows that only 25% of burglaries in 2010 were detected, which was up on 22% in 2006.

The CSO Crime and Victimisation survey published in Oct 2010 showed that 25% of people burgled did not even report the crime to gardaí.

In a bid to combat a rise in break-ins, gardaí are targeting the country’s top 300 burglars as part of a nationwide operation, with more than 30 already brought to court and charged.

Each of the 27 divisions have drawn up list of their top 10 burglars, with more in Dublin, and operations have been put in place to catch them red-handed.

A Garda spokesman said Operation Fiacla was set up by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to deal with the problem of burglaries, specifically the damage caused by travelling gangs.

Meanwhile, the CSO report shows that detection rates for homicides fell, from 88% in 2006 to 83% in 2010. Detection rates for sexual offences also dropped, from 58% to 54%.

The detection rates for the bulk of categories rose, notably for robberies, 47% to 54%.

There was a rise in 11 of the 16 crime categories between 2006 and 2010, including in robberies (+28%), drug offences (+40%), weapons offences, (+31%) and thefts (+3%).

There was a significant jump in sexual offences (+66%), but this is said to be mainly due to a review of cases conducted between 2009 and 2010.

There were reductions in the number of homicides (-35%), dangerous and negligent acts (-9%) and damage to property offences (-10%).

The CSO cautioned that changes in offences can be caused by many different factors, including criminal behaviour, Garda activity, and changes in the law.

In relation to crime rates per head of population, the top three divisions are:

* Murder/manslaughter: Dublin North Central, followed by Dublin West and Limerick.

* Attempts/threats to murder: Dublin West, Limerick, Dublin North Central.

* Firearms offences: Kerry, followed by the Dublin divisions.

* Assaults: Dublin South central, Dublin North Central, Cavan/Monaghan.

* Disorderly conduct: Dublin South Central, Dublin North Central, Cork City.

* Road traffic offences: Dublin North Central, Clare, Kilkenny/Carlow.


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