25% reduction in burglaries and theft in Dublin – Varadkar

Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has welcomed the 25% reduction in burglaries and related offences in Dublin.

“These are really welcome figures showing a 25% drop in burglaries and related offences in Dublin in the 12 months to June, and theft down by 10%. It shows that Garda Operation Thor has been a real success in helping to protect people and their homes. Nationally, burglary is down 26% and theft is down 12%.

“Extra resources have been provided to Garda operations this year, allowing Operation Thor to continue. This extra €55 million has allowed overtime to be doubled for intensive policing and crime prevention.

“Aside from Operation Thor, there have been other positive developments. Funding for the Community Alert Programme has been doubled to €350,000 and now incorporates a new €100,000 rebate scheme for local groups registered under the Garda Text Alert Scheme. This funding will go directly to local groups, who are working in tandem with the Gardaí to help protect our local communities.

”Garda recruitment continues and Minister Frances Fitzgerald has committed to increase the overall strength to 15,000. Fine Gael is committed to tackling crime and protecting our communities. This Government is using the resources from our economic recovery to invest in crime prevention ensuring that criminals know that burglary and crime will not go unpunished.”