A policing forum in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra area has confirmed an increase in the number of burglaries in the Glasnevin area since July, with three aggravated incidents occurring.

The Glasnevin-Drumcondra Communities Policing Forum established that there have been 30 burglaries in Glasnevin in the past three months, with a growing concern in the locality.

A local politician blames the closure of Whitehall Garda Station resulting in less police on the beat in the Glasnevin area, leading to a higher number of crimes.

Fianna Fail general election candidate Mary Fitzpatrick said that the high level of robberies “exposes the deficits” in Garda resources allocated to the North Dublin area as a whole.

Fitzpatrick said: “Since July, there has been growing concern in the Glasnevin area regarding public safety and the lack of Garda presence in place to deter thieves, particularly those that are armed.

“The closure of Whitehall Garda Station in 2015 instantly resulted in less gardai on the beat in the area, and there were few alternative measures put in place.”

During the same period, only five robberies were reported in neighbouring Cabra, where there is a Garda station, meaning policing of the locality is more frequent.

An Garda Siochana said senior Garda management are “satisfied” that an adequate policing service continues to be delivered in the locality, with the situation being reviewed on a continual basis.

A Garda spokesperson told Dublin Gazette: “Local Garda management closely monitors the allocation of all resources in the context of crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies.

“Senior Garda management is satisfied that an adequate policing service continues to be delivered.”