Thefts from Clare stores double between January and April

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Thefts from shops in Clare more than doubled between January and April this year.

Members of that county’s joint police committee have been told that burglaries and domestic disputes are also on the rise here.

The quarterly JPC meeting heard that crime in Clare was a bit mixed in the first four months of the year, with some areas down and others up sharply.

The sale and supply of drugs and the offenses of simple possession both fell, although Chief Superintendent Seán Colleran told the meeting that the detections that had been made here were “significant”.

Speeding offenses fell between January and April, as did economic crime detections, which had raised concerns when they apparently increased towards the end of 2021.

However, the number of thefts from stores more than doubled between January and April in Clare compared to the same period last year.

113 such offenses were detected by the Clare Garda division, compared to 55 during the same period in 2021.

Burglaries have also increased by 90% here, with detections of driving under the influence increasing by 58%.

Domestic disputes with no recorded offense increased by a third, while sexual offenses also saw a slight increase.

The meeting also heard plenty of praise for Ennis Gardai after Munster’s two recent Senior Hurling Championship matches at Cusack Park.

The Chief Superintendent has also pledged to ensure operations are in place in West Clare to meet tourism demands this summer, with resource management across the county again cited as a sticking point here in the short and long-term.

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