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Top garda in pledge to combat burglaries

THE CITY'S top garda has revealed plans to crack down on burglaries and anti-social behaviour in Dublin.

Assistant Garda Commissioner Mick Feehan said he has put measures in place to tackle house break-ins, a crime which has "a far reaching effect on the victims".

Mr Feehan also intends using the approach of "community problem solving" when it comes to persistent low-level crime in neighbourhoods.

He made the comments in a report to the Dublin City Joint Policing Committee (JPC), which includes garda, council and business representatives.

The remarks came against a background of rising rates of burglary, as revealed last week in Central Statistics Office (CSO) data for 2009.

Mr Feehan, who is in charge of policing in the Dublin metropolitan region, told the meeting at City Hall that among the challenges facing him is the "level of domestic burglaries".

He said: "This crime has a far reaching effect on the victims, apart from the obvious effects such as loss of belongings, their sense of security has been invaded. I have put measures in place to tackle this particular type of crime.

"I also have placed a particular focus on the role of community gardai in local areas to work in partnership on the ground with residents to try and solve local problems such as anti-social behaviour."

In relation to gangland offences, Mr Feehan said: "I intend to meet the challenges of organised crime head on. This already can be seen by the increased Garda activity in parts of Dublin, including a highly visible armed response presence."

The CSO revealed there were 26,783 burglaries and related offences recorded last year, an increase of 8.5pc.

The annual increase in aggravated burglary offences was 11.7pc compared with 2008, while robbery of an establishment or institution rose by 18pc in the same period.