THE number of burglaries committed in Limerick last year rose by almost 13% compared to the previous year.
According to the CSO’s latest recorded crime statistics there were a total of 1,480 burglary offences reported in the Limerick garda division during 2011.
This compares to 1,310 in 2010 and 1,516 in 2009.
The exact location of individual offences are not contained in the figures but it is thought the majority of the offences occurred in the Limerick city area.
Nationally there was an increase of 8% in the number of burglaries committed during 2011.
The highest increases were recorded in the Meath garda division (40%) and the Laois / Offaly division (32%).
There were decreases in the Mayo and Sligo garda divisions of 13% and 15% respectively.
Elsewhere in Munster, there were significant increases in the number of reported burglaries in Counties Cork and Tipperary but there were reductions in Clare, Kerry and Waterford.
The number of break-ins in Limerick during 2011 was the second highest since the recorded crime figures were first compiled by the Central Statistics Office in 2004.
A detailed analysis of the figures for 2011 shows that January, February and March were the worst months as 426 burglaries were committed during that three-month period.
There was a 25% percent reduction during the following quarter when 311 burglaries were reported.
However, despite the overall increase in burglary offences in Limerick last year, the figures for 2011 show there were just 13 aggravated burglaries compared to 22 in 2010 and 23 in 2010.
Elsewhere the number of theft offences reported in Limerick during 2011 was the lowest for seven years.
According to the CSO, there were 4,158 theft offences in Limerick last year, which was down from 4,243 in 2010 and 4,330 in 2009.
The figures are the lowest since 2004 when there were 3,389 reported theft offences. Most of the theft offences last year occurred in shops with the theft of vehicles being the next highest category. The recorded crime statistics for the first quarter of this year are currently being compiled and are expected to be published in the coming weeks.