Crime in Kilkenny spiralled out of control in Decemebr as burglaries increased by 69% and theft from shops was up 10% on the 2010 figures.
Supt Nevin said that although overall for the whole year there had only been only a difference of two in the number of crimes committed the trend for the year was pointing towards an increase. “There was a 69% increase in December and January is also showing a significant increase. On an annual basis we are holding our own but the last 3 months we’re seeing an increase,” he said.
Another related crime the was also on the rise was theft from shops. There was a 10% increase in the reported number of thefts from shops wit almost one occurring per day. The figure for 2011 was 383. Supt Nevin again said that there had been a worrying rise in theft from shops in the last three months. The Supt said that the increased level was due to more crime being reported to his officers since they had begun their business patrol.
One area of crime that has decreased and continued to decrease was that of theft from cars. Supt Nevin said that earlier in the year there had been a couple of worrying incidents of opportunistic crime where peoples vehicles were being targeted while they were attending mass or at a doctor surgery. Supt Nevin praised the public for taking steps to help reduce this crime which has been trending down since the summer.
Supt Nevin added that “A percentage of all the burglary crimes are preventable,” he urged people to “save yourself the difficulty by taking some simple steps to insure personal security and help contribute to the neighbourhood watch schemes.”