GARDA John Cadogan told the January meeting of Cashel’s Joint Policing Committee that crime around Cashel has not significantly increased, and there were even some decreases in certain types of crime around town. The provisional figures for the end of 2011 show that serious assault is slighlty up, while minor assaults are marginally down.
Robberies and burglaries are up, but criminal damage is “way down.” Thefts from shops and people are down. Public order offences are up slightly. “There was no major significant increase,” said Garda Cadogan.
The most “serious stuff” around town has been detected, and the Courts are dealing with those cases, added Supt Tom Duggan. The reason for the drop-off in some kinds of crimes was not that there are more Gardaí available, but that available Garda resources are being utilised more efficiently. Community Worder Séan Murphy, asked if there were a lot of “outside people” coming into the area, committing the crimes. There had been a spate of that last year, but this had declined coming into December, responded Supt Duggan. Cllr Sean McCarthy said there had been an “influx” from other towns, partially due to the presence of the motorway. “They can come down and drive away,” said Supt Duggan. “Many of the burglaries are done by travelling criminals from outside the area.”
Cllr Joe Moloney said there had been slight problem over the Christmas, particularly in one area of town when party revellers went onto the streets. “A lot of those are before the Courts,” said Supt Duggan. The meeting heard that neighourhood watch and community alert groups met up in Cahir House for their annual get-together, organised by Gardaí.
Some 500 people attended the gathering, which took place on Friday night last.