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GARDA Superintendent Liam Carolan delivered the latest set of crime figures to the Enniscorthy joint policing committee for the year to date, compared with the same period in 2012:

Garda Superintendent Liam Carolan delivered the latest set of crime figures to the Enniscorthy joint policing committee for the year to date, compared with the same period in 2012:

'Burglary is the stand out figure,' Superintendent Carolan accepted, adding that the force has plans to reactivate 'Operation Lynchpin' in the new year.

Lynchpin was put in place to combat burglary for two weeks recently, with a sergeant and four Gardaí deployed. The team carried out 108 checkpoints on the roads around Enniscorthy and Gorey district. They carried out 57 searches and seized a couple of cars as well as gathering intelligence during their fortnight of intense activity.

Members of the joint policing committee were told that, in the previous six days, the force logged 22 burglaries. In the period that Lynchpin was in action just eight burglaries were reported during the two weeks. The superintendent indicated that resources will be found to repeat the exercise in January and/or February. He anticipated that this will help to bring down the figures.

Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh said that Lynchpin had gone down really well and wanted to know whether break-ins were being carried out by local criminals or visitors. The superintendent said that while there are home-grown offenders, those arrested tended to come from Dublin.

Among those apprehended were a car load of four youths from the capital accused of dragging a woman along as she clung to the handbag they were attempting to rob from her. Where such suspects are brought before the courts, it is generally made a condition of bail that they must stay out of Wexford.

The superintendent remarked that the county is not the only one to experience significant amounts of crime committed by travelling gangs. It is also easy for the visitors from Dublin to reach places like Kilkenny and Tipperary: 'Wexford is not unique,' he said.

The figures in full:

Burglary – up 65 per cent from 89 to 147;

Theft from shops – up 12 per cent from 101 to 114;

Theft from person – down 29 per cent from 7 to 5;

Theft from vehicles – down 38 per cent from 29 to 21;

Other thefts – up 17 per cent from 98 to 115;

Robbery (i.e. with violence) – up from 0 to 3;

Criminal damage – up 28 per cent from 145 to 186;

Public order offences – down 27 per cent from 196 to 143;

Assaults causing harm – down 74 per cent from 19 to 5;

Minor assaults – down 24 per cent from 41 to 31;

Drug possession (own use) – down 33 per cent from 37 to 25;

Drugs for sale or supply – down 50 per cent from 4 to 2;

Drug cultivation – down 25 per cent from 4 to 3;

Drink driving – down 24 per cent from 57 to 43;

Fatal road accidents – none;

Serious injury road accidents – down 50 per cent from 2 to 1;

Non-serious road accidents with injuries – up 7 per cent from 15 to 14;

Road accidents with material damage – down 6 per cent from 182 to 171;

Unauthorised taking of vehicles – down 38 per cent from 29 to 18;


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