12 burglaries recorded every week in Laois-Offaly last year
New figures released by the Central Statistics Office reveal that there has been a 6% jump in burglaries in the Laois-Offaly Garda Division.
There were 650 cases of burglary recorded by gardaí in both counties in 2017, an increase of 36 from the 614 recorded in 2016.
There were a number of high-profile burglaries in Offaly last year, including an aggravated incident involving a farmer living alone near Birr.
These figures come as an www.insuremyhouse.ie survey reveal that 1 in 5 people have now either been the victim of a burglary or know someone who has been burgled in the last two years.
Nationwide, a 3.3% increase in burglaries was recorded, meaning the incidence level in Laois-Offaly increased at double the rate of the national figure. 19,092 burglary incidents were recorded in Ireland in 2017.
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