Robberies, burglaries, thefts and street attacks spiral in the suburbs
crimes including thefts and burglaries are sharply rising in parts of Dublin, showing a "worrying" increase in low-level criminal activity.
Figures released by three Dublin Metropolitan Region's (DMR) show that certain crimes have increased by as much as 350pc in the last year.
Robbery from an establishment rose by 214pc, from seven to 22 in the reported period, with burglaries also rising from 50 to 70 in the DMR West Division area.
Ballyfermot Garda Station recorded that thefts from a person increased from just two in the year ending April 2014 to nine over the last year, representing a 350pc increase.
In the DMR south division of Crumlin, there was a 62pc increase in thefts from shops, rising from 34 incidents the previous to 55 in the last 12 months.
There was a decrease in the number of assaults causing harm, with trends showing a 53pc drop from 17 to eight.
However, minor assaults rose by almost a third, from 21 to 27 in the space of a year.
In the DMR south sub-district of Terenure, property crime rose by nearly 25pc from 164 to 201, while offences for the sale and supply of drugs dropped by 83pc.
Fianna Fail councillor Daithi de Roiste described how the increase in crime highlights a "worrying trend" and that the figures showed the consequence of An Garda Siochana not recruiting new officers for over five years.
"Of course we have new recruits coming out of Templemore this year, but the rise in crime is a consequence of the gardai not recruiting for so long.
"I'm not blaming individual gardai, their hands are tied because they simply do not have the resources to deal with these kind of crimes," Mr de Roiste said.
He also explained that the type of crimes were "crimes of opportunity", and that a visible garda presence in communities would deter criminals from carrying out such offences.
He added that the crimes are being carried out affect people directly, and that they have to be dealt with.
"On a community level it's not the big criminal gangs we should be focusing on, it's the crimes that are being committed on people's front doors," he said.