CRIME STATS: Kilkenny hit with rise in burglaries as most counties report drop in break-ins
By COLIN BARTLEY
BREAK-INS at private homes across Kilkenny city and county rose sharply in 2018, by over 15%, new figures published today reveal.
And one in every seven properties in Kilkenny and Carlow has been burgled since 2009.
The figures were published this morning by the home monitoring system PhoneWatch as part of a detailed analysis of the Central Statistics Office Recorded Crime Statistics for 2018.
In 2018, 218 burglaries were recorded by Garda Stations around the county up from 185 in 2017, representing an increase of 33, or just over 15%.
These figures bucked the national trend which saw a significant fall in burglaries in 2018, a total of 16,969 burglaries occurred nationwide in 2018 representing a 11.5% decrease.
Over the past 10 years some 8,000 homes in the Kilkenny-Carlow Garda division have been targeted by thieves, according to the report.
The figures show the number of break-ins significantly dropped in the first quarter of 2019. Burglaries in the Kilkenny-Carlow Garda division are down 36% on the same period in 2018.