Burglary rate puts Lucan in top 50

by Ian Begley

Lucan is ranked 37th in the Top 50 crime spots for burglary and related offences, with 285 burglaries per 100,000 people, as revealed at the December Joint Policing Committee (JPC).
The information, which was provided to the Central Statistics Office by An Garda Siochana, revealed that neighbouring town of Clondalkin was the fourth highest with 519 burglaries per 100,000 people.
Ronanstown was ranked 34th with 285 burglary offences, Tallaght 11th with 372, Rathcoole 49th with 266, Rathfarnham 27th and Ballyfermot in at number 48 with 268 burglary and related offences per 100,000 population.
The statistics also showed that to date this year, 233 burglary offences have been committed in Lucan, 592 in both Clondalkin and Ronanstown, 705 in Tallaght and 121 in Rathcoole.
A senior officer from Lucan Garda Station told The Gazette they have developed a strategy that targets repeat offenders with the aim of reducing burglaries.
He said: “A list of repeat offenders has been drawn up and they’re now being targeted. Some of them are residents in our own area and some of them come from neighbouring areas.
“Every week there is an analysis done on burglaries that have taken place – where they happened and the time they occurred. These create hotspot areas and our patrols would then concentrate on these locations.
“The level of burglaries is reducing, but still high. There are in the region of 10 burglaries a week in the Lucan and Ronanstown area, but this is coming from numbers that were nearly double that.”
The Garda source also said that he would advise the general public to be very conscious of their property, especially during the Christmas period.
“We do not expect people to stand guard over their house, but we would ask them to keep their doors and windows locked and to activate their alarms when they leave, and not to leave their property visible or exposed in their car or house.
“The only person that should not enter your house through your front door during Christmas time is Santa Claus,” he said.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald told The Gazette that the Government’s response to burglaries and crime focused on two key objectives: investing in more gardai and vehicles; and strengthening the law to get tougher on serious and repeat offenders.
“We want gardai to be mobile and visible in the community, not stuck behind desks in stations. That’s why this Government has invested over €34m in new Garda vehicles since 2012 – a massive increase on the paltry €4.8m provided by the previous Government in their last three budgets. Over 640 new vehicles are coming on stream in 2015.”
The Minister added that the recent launch of Operation Thor, a €5m plan to tackle prolific burglary gangs, is a very good initiative to reduce crime.
These strategies include: additional high-visibility patrols in identified burglary hot-spots; increased used of checkpoints to tackle the criminal gangs using the national road network; the use of new high powered vehicles; programmes to help reduce re-offending by prolific offenders; targeted crime prevention advice for local communities and enhanced supports for victims.

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