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Ballinrobe’s crime rate almost doubles

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‘FRIGHTENING’ Cllr Damien Ryan said new crime statistics for Ballinrobe are ‘frightening’. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Oisín McGovern

A FOURTY-THREE percent rise in reported crimes in Ballinrobe has been described as ‘alarming’ by a local representative.
Cllr Damien Ryan called for local councillors to meet with the local superintendent to discuss the figures, which were recently revealed in the Irish Independent.
A total of 172 offences were reported to the station in 2021, despite Covid-19 restrictions being in place for most of the year. These include 40 thefts, 24 for public order, 20 assault/threats, 12 burglaries, one robbery and 35 cases of fraud. The total number of offences rose from 153 in 2017.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District, Cllr Damien Ryan described the statistics as ‘frightening’.
While acknowledging the record number of active gardaí, Cllr Ryan called for the issue to be discussed and dealt with in a constructive manner.  
“It’s incumbent on the councillors in the Ballinrobe area to seek a meeting with the superintendent, without delay, to go through [the crime rate] in a confidential manner,” said Cllr Ryan, who is a member of Mayo County Council’s Joint Policing Committee.
“But certainly, the trend and the statistics that have emerged from the latest report are frightening and alarming and I think we need to have an enclosed workshop in that regard.”
Fellow Ballinrobe councillor Michael Burke seconded Cllr Ryan’s proposal that councillors meet with the superintendent as soon as possible.
Speaking on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk last week, Cllr Ryan expressed concern that crime is on the rise in rural areas and he called for more covert surveillance of inter-urban areas.
“It is my information that a lot of this stuff is happening from people coming from cities and towns maybe a distance away from where the burglaries are happening… in a lot of cases in stolen vehicles,” he said.
Cllr Ryan also claimed many minor crimes were going unreported due to Garda stations’ shorter opening hours.