Burglaries throughout the northern half of County Longford have increased by almost one third since last year, new figures have revealed.
Approximately 50 burglaries have so far been recorded across the Granard Garda District, representing a 32 per cent rise on the region’s figures for 2012.
Sgt Lionel Mullally told a recent Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting the increase had been felt in predominantly isolated areas outside of urban centres.
“Burglaries have gone up which is a concern for us,” he said. “The statistics for the Granard town area though are better and show no increase in the levels of thefts or burglaries in the area.
He said the vast bulk of the increase took place in the first three months of 2013 and of late has slackened off. A chief reason for this, Sgt Mullally said, was down to specialised measures, typified by the likes of Operation Aimsir.
“We have targets under that operation that we stop and annoy all the time. That has worked and we will continue with it,” he said.
The Granard based sergeant revealed one items which had attracted the attention of thieves in recent times involved the theft of charity boxes, stolen from fast food outlets and hotels.
A further deterrent in the battle against opportunist crime, he said, was the need for motorists to lock away or conceal valuable items from view.