New burglary laws are welcome but overdue
Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30
Moves by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to introduce new laws to tackle home burglars are welcome, if overdue.
There has been mounting concern in recent years about the apparent immunity from sanction enjoyed by a small but prolific band of repeat offenders who have violated people's homes and sense of security and, in some cases, subjected citizens to violence in the sanctuary of their own homes.
Amid concerns that the criminal justice system as a whole is not taking the seriousness of home burglaries into account, the scourge of these crimes is compounded by the high recidivism rates for burglary and related offences.