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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Rise in thefts and burglaries in north Cork

Figures also show increase in drink/driving detections

Bill Browne

The latest set of recorded crime statistics for the Cork North Garda division to March of this year have presented somewhat of a mixed bag, with spikes across a number of offences, most notably burglaries and thefts, when compared to the same period in 2017.

The figures for the first quarter of 2018 released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), detail the number of crimes reported during the period across the division, which covers Mallow, Fermoy, Midleton, Cobh and Youghal.

When compared to the same period in 2017, the figures showed the number of recorded burglaries and related offences had increased by almost 25% from 69 to 86.

While the number of overall thefts and related offences also rose by 27% to 235 from the quarter one 2017 figure of 185, the number of recorded thefts from shops dropped from 83 to 66.

Despite repeated high-profile warnings about the dangers of drinking and driving it still seems that the message is not hitting home with some motorists in north Cork, with the figures also showing an increase in detections over the 12 month period.

The figures for the first quarter of 2018 revealed there were 66 detections compared to 51 for the same period  last year - a 29% increase.

The number of drug/driving detections also increased from one to three.

Overall, drug related offences were broadly in line with last years figures, with the only increased being possession for sale and supply, which rose by almost 79% from 19 to 34.

Public order (and other social code offences) increased from 181 to 200, with incidents of public order increasing by 30 from 147 in 2017 to 177 for the first three months of this year.  Incidents of criminal damage, not including arson, also increased from 74 to 86.

On a more positive note, there was a slight decrease across other categories including sexual offences from 30 in 2017 to 28 to March this year.

There were no recorded homicide related incidents across the division up to March of this year, compared to one for the same period in 2017.

To see the full figures follow the link on the home page at www.cso.ie.

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