Property crime figures are up on last year, according to Chief Superintendent John Scanlan who was speaking at last week’s Laois Joint County Policing meeting at County Hall.
He gave detailed figures and statistics for the third quarter of 2013 (July, August and September) and comparisons to the same time period from last year.
Traffic crimes have also increased since the same time period last year, but only by 1%, from 142 incidents last year, to 144 incidents this year.
However other crime figures are down on the third quarter of 2012, including crimes against the person, which has seen a reduction of 58%, criminal damage and public order, down 12%, and drugs and weapons offences, which are down from 255 to 91.
However those present at the meeting were asked to consider that figures from Electric Picnic had not yet been included in the 2013 drugs and weapons figures.
There were four robberies from a person in this time period in 2013, compared to none that time last year; while aggravated burglary was up from 1 incident in the third quarter of 2012 to 3 in the same time period in 2013.
Theft from a person was up from 18 to 23, an increase of 22%, while theft of other property was up 20% from 118 to 148.
Unauthorised taking of a pedal cycle was up 64% from the same time period last year, from 9 to 25.
Fatal traffic collisions rose 100% with two taking place in the third quarter of this year, while traffic collisions with non serious injury were down 50% from 21 incidents in the third quarter of 2012 to 14 incidents in the third quarter of 2013.
There were no traffic collisions with serious injury in the third quarter of 2013.
Chief Superintendent Scanlan said that the figures from each quarter were not indicative of the figures for the whole year.
“It doesn’t work out if you multiply the figures by four. Each quarter has it’s own dynamic. Last year burglaries was a problem. We are looking at short windows here of only 12 weeks”.
He encouraged anyone with a problem to come and talk to the Gardai.
“We do not give out deployment figues of numbers at stations. The basic reality is that we have a finite number of Gaurds. We have to make the best use of them. I would encourage anyone with a problem to come and talk to us. We are trying to match people to places”.
He added that the best use of Garda resources is to “have them out and about in cars”.