Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Mary Hanafin
05 January 2016
Burglary figures have risen since stations shut – Hanafin
Fianna Fáil councillor Mary Hanafin – who is chair of the Joint Policing Committee on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council – has pointed out the correlation between the rise in burglaries in the Eastern division since three Garda stations were closed.
“In 2012 Dalkey station was closed while in 2013 Kill O’ the Grange and Stepaside were closed. Since then the year on year statistics for burglary have increased dramatically.
“According to figures from the Central Statistics Office there were 314 burglaries in Q1 2013, the figure rose to 473 in Q1 2014 and increased further to 656 in Q1 2015. What will the figures for Q1 in 2016 be like?” asked Cllr Hanafin.
“This Government talks tough but acts soft on crime. We need a firm crackdown on the rise in burglaries in both urban and rural areas. I have spoken with elderly people in Dalkey who are feeling particularly vulnerable without a Garda station and these crime figures are going to frighten them even more.
“If we want security in our homes we won’t get it from this Government. Fianna Fáil will be resolute in pushing for tougher legislation in this area. We have a dedicated 7 point plan to tackle crime in our communities and we want to enact it”.