Tough new measures to tackle repeat burglars – Varadkar

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Local TD and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said new Government measures will target repeat burglars by imposing longer sentences, which should make a real difference to crime levels in areas like Dublin 15.

“These new laws will tackle repeat offenders with multiple convictions for burglary. We hear all too often about offenders who are convicted for breaking and entering a private home, yet who seem to be constantly going in and out of jail. This new legislation aims to tackle that problem at the source by imposing longer sentences on those who commit burglary time after time.

“Burglary is one of the most traumatic crimes that can happen to anyone, and one of the most serious offences against the person. These new laws will tighten up bail conditions and ensure that the worst repeat offenders are taken off the streets.

“Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is currently preparing this legislation and I look forward to discussing it further in the Dáil later this year.

“Other measures being prepared include more visible policing, increasing crime prevention support for vulnerable communities, and a focus on repeat offenders across a broad range of crimes.

“Measures like this show that Fine Gael in Government continues to tackle crime head-on. We are putting more Gardaí on the streets and re-opening the Templemore Garda Training College, which was closed by Fianna Fáil. Another 250 recruits are entering Templemore this year, on top of the 300 who joined last September.

“At the same time, we are reforming the Gardaí to allow more time to be spent on hands-on policing.”