GARDAÍ have warned homeowners in Cork city and county to remain vigilant as recent figures show a sharp rise in burglaries and other crimes relating to property.
In the Cork city division, non aggravated burglary is up 18%, with 371 incidents between January 1 and September 20 this year, in comparison to 314 during the same period in 2016. There were also five aggravated burglaries in the city.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin warned that, in some cases, these crimes are being perpetrated by people coming to Cork specifically to carry out a sweep of burglaries.
“A lot of it is people from the area but there are also a lot of travelling criminals coming into Cork from Leinster and the greater Dublin area.
“We would ask the public to be vigilant as ever and to report any suspicious activity to Gardaí. Particularly in a rural setting, the public should be alert for suspicious vehicles or activity.”
Householders in rural areas near Fermoy have been hit with a number of burglaries in recent weeks.
Supt McPolin said that the increase should be viewed in the light of exceptionally low figures for a time.
“There has been in increase but it possibly coming after an abnormally low level of incidents of burglary for a time, and are possibly returning to a more normative level.”
But he emphasized that this was not to play down the seriousness of the crime or the impact on victims.
“Everyone who goes through tan incident of burglary suffers trauma, nobody wants to have stranger in their house, invading their property. So we have victim support also for this type of crime and everyone who suffers is given support, the services are there.”
There were also increases in car theft, bike theft, theft from cars and theft from shops and individuals.