There has been a sharp rise in instances of domestic violence across Fingal, according to the latest figures released by gardai.
From January to October 2018, there was a 90% increase in breaches of domestic violence orders in the Blanchardstown district – up to 146 from 77 for the same period in 2017.
Reports of crimes including domestic violence in the same district rose from 255 to 302, while the Balbriggan district recorded a shocking 219% increase.
There were 300 incidents of domestic violence reported in the north Fingal area in the first nine months of 2018, up from 94 for the same period in the previous year.
Meanwhile, reports of robbery from the person rose a shocking 285% in the Malahide district, reflecting a spike in gang attacks over the Halloween period.
Gardai attribute some of the rise in domestic violence to “a more detailed recording of assault incidents with a domestic motive”.
The report also notes that a publicity campaign highlighting the issue of domestic violence has led to an increase in the numbers reporting.
Figures released to members of the Fingal Joint Policing Committee also show a sharp rise in theft in the Blanchardstown district.
Theft from shops was up 29% from 455 to 586. Gardai note that there is “continued liaison with the retail sector in offering crime prevention advice”.
In the same district, robbery from establishments rose by 44%, from 18 incidents to 26.
Gardai reported: “This increase is of concern and extra armed patrols are being carried out to tackle this issue.”
Theft from the person – with smartphones, cash, wallets and handbags listed as the main target items – rose 25% in the Blanchardstown district compared to an almost three-fold increase in Malahide.
Increase Robberies from the person also rose by 90% in the Swords district, with gardai reporting that there was a “significant increase associated with incidents around the Halloween period”.
In Malahide, the theft of vehicles rose sharply, by 240%. The number of detectives stationed at Malahide Garda Station was doubled in November from three to six, and another sergeant was also deployed.
Public order incidents rose by 37% in Balbriggan and north Fingal, but decreased by 22% in the Swords district. Instances of public order were up 28% in Blanchardstown.