Burglaries in the Cork North Garda division rose by 7% over the past year at a time when such crimes fell nationally by over 18%.
New figures published by the Central Statistics Office show the Cork North area was one of only three of 28 Garda divisions nationwide where the incidence of burglaries rose in the year to March 2016. The others were Cavan/Monaghan and Dublin East.
The Cork North Garda division which covers towns including Mallow, Fermoy, Cobh, Youghal, and Midleton recorded 414 burglaries over the period — an annual increase of 27.
In contrast, burglaries fell by more than 14% in Cork City and by 7 % in Cork West.
In the first three months of 2016, 17 burglaries were recorded in Fermoy — the same as the busier stations of the Bridewell and Anglesea Street in Cork city.
The overall decline in burglaries in the Southern Garda Region — which covers the three divisions in Cork — City, North and West — as well as Kerry and Limerick — was less marked than in other parts of the country at just 5.5%.
In Kerry and Limerick, the drop in burglaries was just under 4%.
Across the region there were contrasting trends in the reporting of sexual offences with numbers up by a dramatic 54% in Limerick to 129 crimes in the 12 months to the end of March.
Such crimes were also up by 13% in Kerry and by 4% in Cork North. However, there was a 12% drop in reports of sexual offences in Cork City over the same time period and a 19% reduction in Cork West.
There was also a notable reduction in the number of assaults in Cork City — down 7%, while such crimes rose sharply in Limerick (up almost 30%) and Kerry (up 19%). Public order offences were down across the region.
While robberies decreased nationally by almost 7%, all divisions in the southern region with the exception of Limerick saw an increase in such crimes.
There was also 31% increase in the number of reported drug offences in Cork West over the past year.
Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, attributed the sharp decrease in burglaries to the success of Operation Thor — introduced last autumn to target known criminals engaged in burglaries.
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