Additional Garda resources reduce burglaries in the South East region – DEERING

22nd July, 2016

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has said that the Gardai’s Operation Thor, has reduced the number of burglaries in the South East Region, in which Carlow statistics are included.

“Operation Thor has been a real success in helping to protect people and their homes in Carlow.

”Recent CSO statistics comparing Quarter 1 2015 with Quarter 1 of this year, show that Operation Thor has reduced by 863 (25%) the number of burglaries in the South East Region, in which Carlow statistics are included.

“Nationally there has been a decrease in burglaries of 36.47%, when we compare the first three months of 2015 with the first three months of this year.

“The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that the recently announced package of additional resources for Garda operations in 2016 includes provision for the ongoing implementation of Operation Thor throughout the country. An additional €55 million has been provided, doubling the overtime available for intensive policing and crime prevention activity. This is really good news for the protection of communities and homes in Carlow.

“Operation Thor is designed to protect our streets, communities and homes. It has overseen more than 24,000 crime prevention patrols and approximately 30,000 targeted checkpoints nationwide. Operation Thor has resulted in the region of 1,300 arrests covering a range of offences which, in addition to burglary, include handling stolen property, possession of firearms and drugs offences.

“Aside from the additional Garda resources in this area, we have also introduced new legislation to target repeat burglars. The Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015, is targeted at those repeat burglars who have previous convictions and who are charged with multiple offences of residential burglary. Fine Gael is committed to tackling crime and this Government is determined to ensure that burglary does not go unpunished.”