Burglaries rose by 26.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2012. There were 7,047 recorded burglaries, an increase of 1,492 over same period in 2011.

The number of aggravated burglaries rose from 63 to 95, an increase of 50.8 per cent. Year on year burglary offences showed an increase of 5.3 per cent.

Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences increased by 5.3 per cent to 597. Bank raids and robberies from the person rose, while robberies of cash-in-transit vans fell.

The rate of kidnappings is up by 85.7 per cent over the third quarter of 2012. There were 13 cases of false imprisonment, 11 incidents involving the kidnap of a child under 16 and 15 cases of human trafficking between July and September 2012. Year-on-year, offences in this category are up by 56.5 per cent.

Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said the marked increase in burglaries showed there was a need for a new focus by gardaí.

“I am conscious that burglary is a crime that can impact significantly on individuals and their sense of security. I want to assure the community that my people continue to target those who are committing burglaries with intelligence-led, focused operations,” he said. “These activities have yielded results and people are charged before the courts. Nonetheless, this work must and will continue.”

At Kennedy Security & Consultancy Limited we have many Security Solutions aimed at helping businesses to minimise loss. Contact our Sales Team at 045-521281 for more details.