Burglary rates in the north of the county appear to be rising faster than any other region, with large percentage increases recorded by local garda stations last year.
CSO figures show that the rate of burglaries in the Castlecomer area has almost doubled. There were 48 burglary offences recorded by the local garda station in 2011 – up from 25 the previous year.
The rate of burglaries as recorded by Urlingford gardai more than trebled last year when compared to 2010, shooting from eight to 25. Ballyragget saw its figure go from just seven burglaries in 2010 to 18 last year, while Johnstown went from eight to 14.
This is far ahead of the yearly percentage increases for the rest of the county, with the exception of the city.
Burglary offences recorded in the garda stations of South and East Kilkenny, such as Callan and Goresbridge showed little change, while those in Thomastown, Piltown, Kilmoganny, Mooncoin and Mullinavat actually declined.
In total, Castlecomer recorded a 10% increase in overall crime last year, from 174 incidents in 2010 to 192 last year.