The incidents of rural crime have increased since the closure of rural garda stations in 2013, new figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal.
Figures published in today’s Irish Independent show there has been an increase of 8.4pc in the number of burglaries nationally.
But the figures for Kerry show a rise of over 19 per cent in the Tralee and Killarney Garda Divisions last year compared to 2013.
One hundred rural garda stations were closed by the Department of Justice in 2013, including nine in Kerry.
The duties of Abbeydorney, Camp and Fenit stations were included in the Tralee division, and Killarney Garda Station took over the duties that had previously been the responsibility of Kilgarvan, Lauragh and Beaufort.
There were 454 burglaries recorded in the Tralee division in 2012, 453 in 2013 and 542 in 2014, representing a 19.4 percent increase between 2014 and 2012.
In Killarney, there was an increase of 19.2 per cent for the same period.
There were 229 burglaries recorded in the division in 2012, 267 in 2013 and 273 last year.
For the first six months of this year, there have been 244 burglaries in the Tralee division and 165 in Killarney.