December was a busy period with the hustle and bustle of the festive season, you may have missed the release of the latest CSO statistics around crime and related burglary offences, based off Q3 of 2018. We have compiled a list of our key findings from the report. July to September overall saw 4,035 burglaries slightly up on the previous quarter but a drop of 15% from the same period last year.
Burglary and Related Offences Q3 2017 vs Q3 2018
The Southern Region was the only region one to see an overall increase in burglary instances and two of its areas are listed above Kerry and Limerick with an average combined increase of 18%.
The Cavan/Monaghan region saw the largest drop in burglary year on year with a 47% drop. The Clare area saw the largest increase in burglaries with a 39% year on year.
Dublin burglaries dropped overall and with Louth’s increase in burglary rate, it has over taken Dublin for the most burglary related crime per capita.
More urban areas including Dublin and Galway saw some of the biggest yearly increases in the second quarter of 2018, Q3 however showed an increase in rural areas. Louth, Clare, Kerry, Limerick and / Kilkenny / Carlow were the only areas to see an increase in burglaries compared to the same period in 2017. It shows how quickly these trends can change in Ireland.
Although rural crime is increasing in places, most country areas did see an official decrease year on year. Although this seems positive, The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association carried out a survey of farmers about reported crimes in rural areas. The results showed that as much as 45% of farmers choose not to report a burglary related crime.
Waste of time no point or too much hassle
Uncertain as to what items had been stolen
Value or quantity of items stolen too low
The First three quarters of 2018
Although burglaries did decrease in the second quarter of the year, compared to the first three months of 2018, quarter three reversed this trend with an overall increase in burglaries across the country. This in line with the weight of the research in burglary trends pointing to darker evenings leading to an increase in burglary rates. Dublin and the Northern region (Louth, Donegal, Cavan, Monghan, Sligo, Leitrim) saw a decrease compared to the second quarter all the other regions did see an increase on the quarter on quarter.
Burglary and Related Offences in Irish Regions
Overall there has been a decrease of 10% in the number of instances of burglaries throughout Ireland vs the same period last year. Q3 has seen a slight increase in burglaries over Q2 with the largest increase in the South of 6%, mainly driven on increases in Cork.
More urbanised areas for the most part have seen a drop in burglary related crime with more rural area more at risk. Bearing in mind the likelihood that certain rural burglaries are not reported it is more important than ever to consider a reliable deterrent. A HomeSecure monitored property is 13.5 more secure than the national average.
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