IN THE Balbriggan policing district, burglary continues to be the number one concern of local gardaí who have seen offences of this kind rise significantly in 2012, according to the latest figures.
Provisional figures from Balbriggan Garda Station, seen by the Fingal Independent, show a 12% rise in burglaries in the Balbriggan district in the first 11 months of 2012, when measured against the same period in 2011. The district includes most of north Fingal including Balbriggan itself and towns like Skerries, Rush and Lusk as well as some rural villages. In the first 11 months of 2011, the figures show that there were 275 burglaries but in the same period in 2012, that figure had gone through the 300 mark and finished at 309, a 12% rise, year on year. Burglaries have bucked a generally downward crime rate in 2012 that has seen most incidents of crime fall from the previous year. But burglaries as well shoplifting and violent robberies from shops continued to rise in 2012 and are typical of the kinds of crimes that see an upsurge in recessionary times. However, there is good news to report in the statistics, which are yet to be officially confirmed by the Central Statistics Office but were presented to Fingal's Joint Policing Committee recently. Assaults causing harm, criminal damage, possession of drugs for sale or supply and public order offences all saw a decline in numbers during the first 11 months of 2012 when measured against the same period, the previous year.