KILKENNY Gardai have described the increase in property crime as a worrying trend. Figures for the second quarter of the year reveal that the levels of property crime are increased by about 10%
A spokesperson for Kilkenny Gardai said that the public need to be more aware of leaving valuables on display since there has been an increase in opportunistic crime. The spokesperson said “ The increase in property crime is a worrying trend. We are trying to do a public awareness campaign in relation to homes and vehicles. There has been an increase in break ins into vehicles when valuables are left on display. In previous years when cars were broken into it was usually at grave yards and matches. Thieves would hit four or five cars in a row. Now its complete opportunism and it is happening all over the place. People need to be more mindful of locking things away.”
There was an increase in the levels of burglary and theft between the first and second quarter of this year, however robbery, which involves violence or the threat of violence was down.
Burglary is the specific crime of breaking into a premises with the intention of stealing something. In the first quarter of the year there were 223 instances of burglary which rose to 240 in the second quarter.
Theft the illegal taking of property has also increased by about 10% in Carlow Kilkenny Garda district. There were 528 instances of theft in the first quarter of the year which rose to 572 in the second quarter.
Other areas of that have seen an increase in crime figures which increased included public order offences which increased from 446 instances in the first quarter to 508 in the second quarter. Drugs offences also increased from 137 to 159 offences.
On the whole the majority of crime figures for the Carlow Kilkenny district remained largely unchanged.