Majority of increase in burglary offences in Dublin

New figures show that burglaries are on the rise and our analysis shows that the capital accounts for the vast majority of this increase.

The latest report on crime from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has found the Dublin Metropolitan Area (DMA) accounts for almost 75% of the nationwide increase in reported burglaries and other offences from July 2014 to June 2015.

There were 2,241 more reported burglaries and other offences across the country in the twelve month period compared to the corresponding period from the previous year, with 1,667 of these occurring in the Dublin area.

There are three offences which fall into the burglary and related offences category: aggravated burglary, burglary (not aggravated), and possession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand).

Compared to the previous year, recorded aggravated burglary offences rose by 1.6% while possession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand) increased by 5.3 per cent to 625 recorded offences.

Burglary (not aggravated) had a small increase but still remains the most prominent crime in the category with 27,890 offences recorded across the country, up from 25,619 from the previous twelve months of figures.

New burglary legislation is pending with pilot schemes underway in some districts, including south Dublin, to tackle the main re-offenders for burglaries. The scheme is designed to help try and divert those involved away from their lives of crime.

Recorded theft and related offences also rose by 1.8% nationwide with an increase of 301 recorded offences in the capital.

However, offences recorded as theft from persons fell significantly, by 22.6% nationally compared to the same period in the previous year.

Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences also fell by 8.9% to 2,578 offences recorded across the country; with a similar trend recorded in Dublin with 196 fewer offences.

In contrast, recorded carjacking and offences listed as the hijacking/unlawful seizure of an aircraft or vessel rose by 27.9 per cent to 110 nationally.

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