Burglary rates across the north west are up on last year according to figures from the Central Statistics Office.
It’s reported this is due to a rise in the number of criminal gangs travelling out of Dublin to carry out burglaries.
According to the latest figures from The Northern Garda Region - which covers Sligo, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, and Louth – there has been increase in the number of incidents from 549 in the first quarter of 2011 to 685 in the first quarter of this year.
A report in today’s Irish Independent says gangs of criminals are leaving the capital on a regular basis to carry out burglaries.
It’s feared this has also resulted in a rise in the number of high speed car chases in recent months.
There are now concerns that these gang members are becoming a very serious threat to motorists, gardai and themselves.
CSO figures show that burglary rates are up across the country with the Western Region, seeing a rise of 508 to 578 burglaries for the same period last year.