Burglaries Down, But Thefts And Minor Assaults Up In Kerry In First Nine Months Of 2019

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THERE has been a decrease in burglaries, an increase in theft crimes and a large rise in minor assaults in Kerry in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period of 2018.

This was revealed at the latest meeting of the Joint Policing Committee meeting held at Kerry Country Council buildings at Rathass on Friday morning.

Kerry Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster addressed the meeting and gave the latest crime statistics for the Kerry area for Quarters 1-3 this year.

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Burglaries were down 8% from 213 in Q1-3 in 2018 to 197 this year. Thefts/unauthorised taking of vehicles were up from 22 to 26 (18%) while thefts from vehicles were up 28% from 74 to 95.

Thefts from shops rose from 362 to 389 (7%) while thefts of other property were almost the same, down from 221 to 220.

Assaults causing harm were down from 119 to 101 (-15%), but there was a big rise in minor assaults, up by almost a third from 280 to 367 (31%).

Incidents of criminal damage rose from 280 to 288 (3%). Public order offences were down 3% from 589 to 569 and similarly, drunkenness offences dropped 3% from 477 to 463.

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