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Sunday 17 February 2019

New figures show drop in crime rate

THE CRIME rate in Bray fell by 15 per cent in the last year, far exceeding the national trend of just two per cent, according to provisional figures.The trend is due in part to a fall of almost one-third in the number of domestic burglaries, from approximately 700 to less than 500, and a 20 per cent decrease in theft.

THE CRIME rate in Bray fell by 15 per cent in the last year, far exceeding the national trend of just two per cent, according to provisional figures.

The trend is due in part to a fall of almost one-third in the number of domestic burglaries, from approximately 700 to less than 500, and a 20 per cent decrease in theft.

Other robberies have dropped from 54 to less than 40.

While such crimes have fallen in number, local gardaí have reported considerable increases in apprehending drink drivers, and drug dealers.

Superintendent Michael Lernihan of Bray Garda Station added that public order arrests came in at an average of about three per day and that detection rates were up by eight per cent to 35 per cent, meaning that just over a third of crimes reported resulted in an arrest.

He said that by comparison to Dublin figures, Bray measured up very well. He added that while crime was down somewhat in Dun Laoghaire, it had actually increased in Blackrock.

He put the decrease in overall crime down to a pro-active' policing policy and a number of successful operations throughout the year.

This comes as over ?50,000 worth of cocaine was seized in Bray last week.

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