Crime figures reduction in Kerry

The overall crime rate in Kerry in the first 9 months of 2016 has decreased by 16%, according to garda figures.

January to September 2015 saw 3654 crimes committed, the figure for the same period this year is 3062 crimes.

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Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan told a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee that burglaries decreased by 59%, 149 offences were recorded in 2015 compared to 362 in this year.

There was just a 1% decrease in crimes against the person from 403 to 397, a 14% decrease in criminal damage and public order and a 31% decrease in property crime.

However, drugs and offensive weapons crimes bucked the trend showing a 10% increase in crimes from 347 instances in 2015, to 381 this year.

Vehicle theft and theft from vehicles were also down, 24% and 15% respectively.

The number of minor assaults saw a 10% increase, however assaults causing harm were down 17%.

There was one less fatality on Kerry’s roads from January to September this year, 6 people died as a result of car crashes.

However, the number of serious injury collisions increased by 42% from 12 to 17.

Overall drink driving arrests dropped, but concern was expressed about the number of arrests for drink driving among those under the age of 30.