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Burglaries up in 2011 but murders down – Shatter

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MINISTER for Justice Alan Shatter has told that Dail that burglaries increased by 3.2pc in 2011 but other crimes like murder were down.

He added that the most recent statistics for the third quarter showed a decrease in 12 of 14 crime groups, compared with 2010.

Sections of the gardai are advising homeowners and businesses on preventative measures for burglaries as the impact of the recession drives burglary figures up.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 70 burglaries or related offences were committed every day in the last few months of 2011.

The impact of the recession was evident in the figures, which reflect the continuing increase in crimes against property.

Incidents of burglaries, attempted burglaries or cases where people were caught with tools for burglaries increased 8.5pc at the end of 2011.

Responding to comments from Fianna Fail’s Darragh Calleary about a spike in the number of gangland crimes, the Minister said: "Gardaí are specifically focussing on those gangs that need to be targetted."

He added that the gardai are engaged in investigating recent gangland crimes and have a clear focus on those that were engaged in these events.

Minister Shatter said that, unfortunately, Ireland has drug gangs at war with each other who resort to barbaric form of violence.