Burglary epidemic shown in crime stats
A rise in cases of burglary and theft is laid bare in new crime statistics which also reveal a worrying increase in violent and sexual crimes.
Burglary saw an 8.4pc increase while thefts from shops rose 11.2pc.
The figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the incidence of recorded crime during the 12 months up to the end of June.
As highlighted by the Irish Independent, rural crime, thefts and home invasions have been rocking rural Ireland for the past year.
Across the country, some 28,830 burglaries and related offences occurred, compared with 26,589 in the same period last year. The number of assaults also saw a worrying 11.5pc increase to 10,748.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the Government was to blame for closing 139 garda stations.