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Gardaí monitoring joyriding and thefts

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 5:09pm

Concerns have been expressed for the communities where stolen cars end up in Cork City.

New garda figures show a nearly 70 per cent increase in the amount of stolen vehicles, which were revealed during a Cork City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting on Monday and led to a discussion about joyriding.

In January – March 2017 there was 45 reports of stolen vehicles however this rose to 75 for the first three months of this year, a 67 per cent rise. At the JPC meeting Sinn Féin Cllr Thomas Gould made the point that was one car stolen nearly every day this year so far.

The Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said that there has always been a challenge when it comes to young people’s interest in cars. He also said that joyriding was not confined to any one area and that it’s a national problem.

“Another issue is the label and image of the communities where the vehicle ends up,” he said.

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin agreed saying that he was on board with what the Lord Mayor said, especially with regards to stolen cars and the issue for the communities where those stolen cars end up.

“We dealt with this issue down through the years, and dealt it with successful. We are monitoring it very closely,” he said.

Also during the meeting, more figures on property related crime emerged.

This type of crime has seen an overall rise of 24 per cent from 911 reports in January – March 2017 compared to 1,129 for the same months in 2018.

Robbery from a person was up 67 per cent from nine to 15 while interfering with a vehicle with the intent to steal an item or the vehicle increased by 130 per cent from ten to 23.

Theft from a vehicle was up 57 per cent from 106 to 166 while reports of stolen bicycles are down six per cent from 62 to 58.

Other crimes which have decreased include theft from a person, and the robbery of an establishment.

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