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Thursday 8 December 2016

You are 60 times more likely to be robbed in Dublin than other areas

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Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald

One hundred and seven people are robbed every day in Dublin, official figures show.

The Herald can today reveal that people living in central parts of Dublin city are 60 times more likely to be the victim of a theft than in other parts of the country.

So far this year there have been more recorded thefts and related offences in the Dublin Metropolitan Region than the country's five other garda regions combined.

In the DMR there have been a total of 19,560 thefts compared to the Northern, Western, Southern, Eastern and South-Eastern regions which have had a combined total of 18,978 recorded thefts.

Given that the stats are for the first half of the year, the number of people who are victims of a theft in Dublin stands at around 107 every day.

In the run-up to the busy Christmas period, 25m people are expected to pass through the capital's city centre.

Garda figures show that people are 60 times more likely to become victims of theft in central parts of Dublin, Limerick and Cork than in part of the west or north of the country.

The statistics also reveal major hotspots for such crimes in the busy garda districts which cover these areas.

The figures include crimes such as car theft, interfering with a vehicle, bicycle theft, pickpocketing, bag snatching, thefts from a person, shop or business, or the handling or possession of stolen property.

The top six theft hotspots in garda regions are in and around the city centre. The highest rate is in Dublin's Pearse Street garda district, which recorded 7,964 thefts per 100,000 people.

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It was closely followed by the nearby Store Street district, where 6,460 cases were recorded per 100,000 people.

Bridewell Garda Station in the DMR North Central 'D' District recorded 874 theft related crimes per 100,000, with Mountjoy 'U' District and Kevin Street 'A' District recording 829 and 822 per 100,000 respectively. Also high on the list is the leafy suburb of Donnybrook with 767 thefts per 100,000 and the north Dublin town of Lusk with 585 thefts.

Among the most popular items stolen are bicycles, with the number of thefts increasing by almost 170pc since 2008.

Justice Minister France Fitzgerald yesterday said burglary is a "heinous crime" that has been underestimated in the past. She was speaking at the launch of the latest initiative to tackle crime, which will target criminals with multiple convictions.

The Probation Service and the Irish Prison Service under the Joint Agency Response to Crime (J-Arc) will nominate individuals they believe to be suitable for the programme and share knowledge in an attempt to reduce repeat offending.

"Burglary of a person's home is a very traumatic crime," Minister Fitzgerald said. "It's been underestimated in the past. I think it can have a devastating impact on people's sense of security at a personal level and at a psychological level.

"It impacts on families, it impacts on the street, it impacts on community.

"We have to be determined to deal with burglaries, to take it seriously and to protect our communities."

Up to 200 criminals, considered to be among the worst reoffenders in the country, are to be the focus of a new multi -agency programme aimed at stamping out recidivism.

Gardai claim 75pc of property crimes are carried out by just 25pc of criminals.

A source explained how there will be an increase in garda patrols on the city centre streets in the coming weeks to combat petty criminals, with undercover units also monitoring shops along the main thoroughfares.

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