New crime figures back city’s fight for Garda HQ


ONE in every six homes in Waterford has suffered a break-in over the past decade.

An analysis of the crime statistics shows that 6,993 burglaries occurred in the city and county between January 2009 and December 2018. The analysis, conducted by the home security company Phonewatch, shows Waterford is slightly above the national average (one in seven) for break-is.

Waterford Garda Station recorded the most burglaries (4,435) of any of Waterford’s garda stations. Dungarvan (528) and Tramore (446) were the second and third highest respectively, while, with just 30, An Rinn received the lowest number of burglary reports for the county.

The analysis comes amid controversy over plans to amalgamate Waterford’s Garda division with that of Kilkenny-Carlow and suggestions that the new headquarters might be in Kilkenny.

Three of Waterford’s’s four TDs, and a senator, have expressed their concerns in a letter to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan. The letter is also signed by the Plenary and Metropolitan Mayors of Waterford, the Chair of the Joint Policing Committee and local councillors.

the headquarters and resource management of any new policing district would be in Waterford

They stress: “We are not against reform and we wish the Commissioner and the Minister well in bringing about necessary changes.”

“Our primary concern is the location of the headquarters of any new division,” says the letter signed by Minister of State John Halligan, David Cullinane (SF), Mary Butler (FF), Senator Paudie Coffey (FG), mayors John Pratt and Breda Brennan and Declan Clune ,Chair of the Joint Policing Committee .

It says: “It is expected that the population of Waterford City will grow by 50% in the next twenty years. This level of growth requires careful planning and resourcing.”

It points out that Waterford Garda Station is the fifth busiest in the state “and this statistic should be given consideration when a decision is been taken in relation to the location of the head quarters .”

“The volume of crime, population trends and current spatial strategy all dictate that the headquarters and resource management of any new policing district would be in Waterford,” says the letter from the TDs and councillors.


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