Decrease in headline crime categories in Cork City Division – Buttimer

Cork South Central Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has welcomed a decrease in
all headline crime figures for the three months December 2012 to February
2013. Deputy Buttimer was commenting after Chief Superintendent Michael
Finn presented figures for December 2012 to February 2013 to a meeting of
the Cork City Joint Policing Committee on Monday 4 March 2013.

“The Gardai have reported that there has been a decrease in the number of
incidents in all headline crime categories across the Cork City division.
These decreases are welcome and show that the modern policing methods used
by the Gardai are effectively combatting the problem of crime.

“The latest crime and traffic statistics given by the Garda Siochana show
that the number of incidents across all headline categories have decreased.
Across the Cork City Division figures show that property crimes are down
4%, crimes against the person are down 5% and criminal damage and public
order offences are down 18%. These figures show that hard work of our
Gardai and their proactive community policing are having a positive impact
and helping to reduce crime across our city.

“Having policing strategies that recognise the importance of community and
use the latest available technology is essential to tackling crime. These
figures show that the commitment and dedication of Gardaí in Cork is having
a positive impact.

“While the decrease in reported incidents is welcome it does not detract
from the trauma experienced by any individual victim of crime. Being a
victim of crime can affect many aspects of a person’s life and all victims
need support to help their recovery. As a society we must take steps to
reduce the number of victims by reducing the number of crimes, thankfully
in Cork this has been shown to have happened over the last three months.”

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