Ballincollig, Little Island, Grange, Glanmire, Ballyvolane and Carrigaline have been pinpointed by An Garda Síochána as ‘hotspots’ and will see a greater Garda presence, including checkpoints and more gardaí on the beat, in a bid to ward of threats.
Sgt Tony Davis, crime prevention officer, said that work is already underway in each area and that operations have resulted in a downward trend in the number of burglaries.
He made the comments at yesterday’s meeting of the Cork City Joint Policing Committee (JPC), where attendees were told that property crime has increased 7% from January to October this year in comparison to the same period last year. This increase is motivated by an increase in robbery from the person (up 12%), theft of vehicle (up 10%) and theft from shops (up 16%). Burglaries are actually down by 9%.
In a bid to continue the downward trend on burglaries, Sgt Davis said that coordinated Garda operations will target high risk areas throughout the coming months.
“Over the last three years, from October to December, burglaries in Cork city went up slightly,” he said.
“Between 6pm and 10pm on a Friday and a Saturday night, 18.7% of all burglaries took place, which gives us an opportunity to target that window in those areas.
"The areas that were identified as hotspots were Ballincollig West, Grange, Carrigaline, Ballyvolane, Glanmire and Little Island."
Sgt Davis said the suburban areas would be targeted for high visibility patrolling and checkpoints.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said that the work has already started in fighting back against burglaries during the winter months.
He said that the dark evenings result in an average increase of about 20% in the number of cases.
He said that one-fifth of burglars enter a premises through an unsecured window or door and that they often target jewelery and cash.
He added that there is a rise in the number of instances of car and house keys being "fished" through letterboxes and advised that these be kept away from doors for safe-keeping.
Chief Supt McPolin said there are some simple tips worth taking to protect your property.
"Make sure that doors and windows are locked and use sensor lights. Don't keep large amounts of cash at home and, for those who have one, use an alarm when you are at home and when you are out. You would be amazed at the number of people who don't use an alarm, despite having one."
He said that Operation Thor, the Garda operation which actively targets crime gangs and repeat offenders, has been in place in Cork since October and has already seen a number of people on the way to Cork to burgle intercepted.
"There are mobile patrols out in Cork city, which have been successful so far, and we intend to keep those going," he said.
"And, as always, if anyone sees anything or anyone suspicious, please contact the gardaí."