Mayo recorded the larges drop in burglaries in the country between 2008 and 2015 it was revealed. In the seven year period the number of burglaries in the county dropped from 468 to 306 according to the Central Statistics Office, the Chief Superintendent of the Mayo Division told the elected members of Mayo County Council at their February meeting.
Outlining the burglary figures, Chief Supt Diskin said that in 2014 there were 327 and that number dropped to 306 last year a decrease of six percent. Aggravated burglaries were down by 40 per cent last year from five in 2014 to three in 2015, while burglaries from the person dropped from ten in 2014 to four in 2015.
However in relation to thefts from shops there was a nine per cent increase in 2015 from the previous year, Chief Supt Diskin said that Gardai were examining it closely and it appeared that there were the same four or five shops being targeted all the time and they were working on this issue.
In relation to rural burglaries across the 25 of the 29 stations in Mayo that would be classified as being rural he gave a number of examples of the numbers in different areas. He told the members that, “In Balla it is up by 67 per cent that’s two more burglaries, Partry is up 50 per cent that’s up two on 2014. Bonniconlon had five burglaries in 2014 they had none in 2015. Foxford had minus three burglaries last year, they had nine in 2014 an six in 2015, Ballinrobe had 16 in 2014 and they had 17 in 2015 while Cong had 12 in 2014 they had four in 2015. In Knock they had 25 in 2014, they had five a drop of 80 per cent. In Kilmaine it went from six in 2014 to one in 2015. Lousiburgh had one in 2014 and four in 2015 and Newport had five in 2014 and seven in 2015.