Wednesday 17 January 2018

We must tackle repeat offenders if we're serious about curbing crime rates

If current trends continue, the coming winter will see the highest number of home break-ins on record
If current trends continue, the coming winter will see the highest number of home break-ins on record
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Crime is a vastly complex phenomenon. Different crimes have different causes. Why crime rates change over time is highly contested.

What is not contested is that some crimes in Ireland have been on the rise. Earlier this week the latest figures showed that although some offences are down, others are up. Burglaries are among the crimes that are rising. In each of the past seven quarters there has been a rise on the same period in the previous year. In the 12 months to June, close to 30,000 cases were recorded.

Burglaries occur more frequently in the dark winter months, and last winter the annual increase was well into double digits. With nights closing in, the coming winter will see the highest number of home break-ins on record if current trends continue.

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