There’s been a slight decrease in the number of burglaries and thefts recorded in Cavan and Monaghan. Figures released by the CSO show there was a 7 per cent drop in the combined totals in the first 9 months of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. 276 burglaries were recorded up to September 2018, down almost 20 per cent on 2017.
However while burglary and related offences were down, the number of aggravated burglaries more than doubled between 2017 and 2018. Up to September 2017, there were 3 recorded aggravated burglaries in the Cavan-Monaghan Garda Division. Up to September 2018, that number rose to 8. Theft and related offences showed a similar trend. The total number of thefts recorded was down 12, from 723 to 711 – however there were more thefts of vehicles in 2018. 75 against 65.
Thefts from a person, shop or other thefts and the handling of stolen property saw small reductions. Although figures for Q3 of both years alone shows the handling of stolen property rose locally. The Central Statistics Office published these figures once again ‘Under Reservation’.
It follows questions around the classification of some crimes by Gardaí. The new category was introduced to reflect problems with the data used to compile the statistics.