Wednesday 28 September 2016

Three years ago, this garda station closed - now the area is being hit with six burglaries every single day

Ken Foy

Published 08/04/2016 | 13:37

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Stepaside

SOME of Dublin’s most affluent suburbs have experienced a 30pc increase in burglaries last year.

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Figures show at least six burglaries happened every day last year in an area of south Dublin that saw the closure of Stepaside Garda Station three years ago.

Dublin Eastern Division had more break-ins than any other area of the capital in 2015.

The statistics, compiled by home security company PhoneWatch, show the area policed from Dundrum Garda Station experienced a 32.48pc increase in burglaries, with 775 last year.

The situation was not much better in the nearby areas

policed by Cabinteely and Blackrock Garda Stations, which saw increases of 20.34pc and 18.7pc respectively.

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It means that a total of 845 reported burglaries were investigated by officers from those two stations in 2015.

In the same division, there was a 31.1pc increase in bur-

glaries (251) in the Shankill Garda Station area.

The area covered by Dun Laoghaire Garda Station saw the lowest percentage rise in break-ins at 11.4pc, but it still meant there were 419 instances.

In total, there were 2,290 burglaries in the Dublin Eastern Garda Division last year.

The closure of Stepaside Garda Station in April 2013 is blamed by many locals for the massive increase in burglaries in the area.

Another garda station in the division, Cabinteely, is open for only 14 hours, between 7am to 9pm, each day.

The increase in burglaries in south Dublin last year happened despite a number of initiatives by senior garda management to tackle the issue.

These included the use of the latest heat map technology analysis in an attempt to combat the epidemic and the setting-up of a special burglary response unit comprising 14 officers.

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Eoin Dunne (left), the managing director of PhoneWatch, said in a statement that south Dublin has long been a target for

burglars, and the M50 is making it easier for criminals to target neighbourhoods.

The Luas line is also being used by criminals to target certain locations.

“While the latest crime figures might show that burglary has decreased nationwide, it is little comfort to the 11,593 Dubliners who were burgled in 2015,” said Mr Dunne.

“Opportunism is the name of the game, and homeowners must do more to make it harder for thieves to break into their homes. 

“Information collated by the PhoneWatch Alarm Receiving Centre shows that more than 50pc of attempted break-ins are via front or back doors.

“However, in a recent survey, 25pc of homeowners admitted to leaving doors unlocked when they went out.”

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