Stagg welcomes Kildare crime figure drop

Deputy Emmet Stagg.
A 21% reduction in crime in county Kildare has been welcomed by Kildare North TD, Emmet Stagg.

A 21% reduction in crime in county Kildare has been welcomed by Kildare North TD, Emmet Stagg.

Deputy Emmet Stagg has welcomed the announcement at the County Kildare Joint Policing Committee on Monday October 7th by Chief Superintendent Mike Byrnes concerning the dramatic reduction in crime in the County of 21% in the first 9 months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012

Chief Superintendent Byrnes said that recently compiled statistics showed that a range of crime areas including burglaries, assaults and public order offences had decreased significantly.

Burglaries are down 26%, assaults are down 18%, public order offences are down 12%, criminal damage is down 22%.

There were however a number of areas where there was an increase in crime, notably an 11% increase in assault causing harm, 16% increase in thefts from shops and a 12% increase in thefts from motor vehicles.

Deputy Stagg thanked the Chief Superintendent for the work done given the limited resources available to the force and the new more difficult roster for members of the force that was now in place.

In addition, Deputy Stagg further welcomed the announcement that a new dedicated Traffic Corps was to be established in the North Kildare Sub-Division which will be based in Leixlip.

Up to now the whole County was covered by the Traffic Corps in Naas and the new group in Leixlip will ensure by their actions that the law is enforced, the roads will be safer and lives will be saved.

Gardai have recently advised that there has been a lot of thefts from cars with keys being taken from houses.

A new community text scheme has been announced by the Gardai and a number of groups and residents associations are interested in taking .