House break-ins reach alarming levels – Meenan

Anne Campbell

Published 29/01/2014 | 05:20

A DUNDALK Town councillor is seeking from Gardai the latest figures for burglaries and detections in the area and says house break-ins are reaching 'alarming levels'.

A DUNDALK Town councillor is seeking from Gardai the latest figures for burglaries and detections in the area and says house break-ins are reaching 'alarming levels'.

Cllr. Kevin Meenan was due to raise the matter at Tuesday's meeting of Dundalk Town Council and wants officials write to Superintendent Gerard Curley to ask him to disclose the numbers of house break-ins and the number of related arrests in the Dundalk district in 2013.

The Sinn Fein representative said the numbers of house break-ins are 'unprecedented', especially around Christmas and he wanted to know how Gardai are coping with it.

He said: 'I think that burglaries, especially at houses right around the town, have reached an epidemic level and I have to say I have never seen anything like it.

'I'm hearing about burglaries almost every day. I would like to know if council-owned CCTV systems are being checked by Gardai and if the council is even being asked for the footage'.

Cllr. Meenan believes cash and jewellery are being targeted in break-ins and called again for more to be done to regulate the 'cash for gold' market.

He said: 'In addition to jewellery, items such as tools, computers, phones and games consoles are being taken. What is happening to them? How are these items being liquidated and who's behind it?

'Burglaries and attempted burglaries are now, I believe, at the most alarming level I have ever seen in Dundalk'.

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