Burglaries in Carlow reduced by over 50% between 2014 and 2018 as bike thefts increased

Meanwhile, not all motorists are getting the drink-driving message

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett



Burglaries in Carlow reduced by over 50% between 2014 and 2018, members of Carlow's Joint Policing Committee were told last Monday. 

The latest data (which includes aggravated and not aggravated burgalries) shows that in 2014 there were 388 burglaries in the Carlow area but in 2018 this had dropped to 185. 

During the first month of this year, there had been fifteen burglaries committed in the Dolmen County. 

Theft/unathorised taking of a vehicle crimes are down from 54 in 2014 to 23 in 2018 - a drop of almost 60%. 

While thefts from shops totalled 265 last year and this compared with 247 in 2014. 

Bicycle thefts have also seen an increase from 24 in 2014 to 39 in 2018. 

Figures provided by Gardaí revealed that thefts from vehicles are down from 123 in 2014 to 50 for the whole of last year. 

Meanwhile, possession of drugs for sale and supply last year was up to 59 compared to 31 incidents in 2014. 

While possession of drugs for personal use has gone from 132 incidents in 2014 to 281 across the twelve months of last year - an increase of 112%. 

Assault causing harm incidents came to 56 for 2018 compared to 37 four years previously while there were also 422 public order incidents last year but this was down on the 437 in 2014. 

Drink-driving offences continued to rise last year to 128 compared to 97 in 2014.