Reduction in burglaries and theft shows Operation Thor is protecting communities in Cavan – Senator Joe O’Reilly

Fine Gael Senator  for Cavan/Monaghan Senator Joe O’Reilly  has said that the Gardaí’s Operation Thor is helping to protect communities in Cavan, with the latest CSO crime figures showing a significant reduction in burglaries and theft in the Northern  Garda Region.


“I know that people across rural Ireland have huge concerns around protecting their property, but the Gardaí’s Operation Thor has already been a real success in helping to protect people and their homes in Cavan This is highlighted by the recent CSO figures which show reductions in burglary and theft over the 12 month period up to the end of Quarter 2 2016. In the Northern Garda Region, burglary and other offences have reduced by 15% and theft and other offences have reduced by 11%.


“In fact, all Garda regions have reported significant reductions in theft and burglary over the 12 months up to the end of Q2 2016, showing Operation Thor is having an effect. Nationally, burglary is down 26.3% and theft is down 12.3%.


“Additional resources for Garda operations in 2016, includes provision for the ongoing implementation of Operation Thor throughout the country. An additional €55 million has been provided, doubling the overtime available for intensive policing and crime prevention activity. This is really good news for the protection of communities and homes in Cavan.


“Aside from Operation Thor, there have been other positive developments in the local fight against crime. Just last week, the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald announced that the funding for the Community Alert Programme has been doubled to €350,000 and now incorporates a new €100,000 rebate scheme for local groups registered under the Garda Text Alert Scheme. This funding will go directly to local groups here in Cavan who are working in tandem with the Gardaí to help protect our local communities.


”In addition, Garda recruitment continues apace and Minister Fitzgerald has committed to increasing the overall strength of the Garda Force to 15,000. This will occur alongside a process of modernisation and investment in effective policing and will provide a modern police service which can continue to tackle crime effectively and efficiently.


“Fine Gael is committed to tackling crime and protecting our communities here in Cavan.  This Government is using the resources from our economic recovery to invest in crime prevention ensuring that criminals know that burglary and crime will not go unpunished.”


Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website