Sligo Leitrim had highest rise in burglaries

Nationally, the Sligo Leitrim division saw the biggest increase in burglaries last year with a 30% rise from 2010.

Nationally, the Sligo Leitrim division saw the biggest increase in burglaries last year with a 30% rise from 2010.

An analysis of burglary figures for 2011 published in the Irish Times showed a significant increase in the border counties, but a fall in the west of Ireland.

For example, in the Meath division breaking and entering robberies increased by 40 per cent in the year under review, but in the four divisions in the western region, the trends were down by as much as 15 per cent.

The divisional breakdown for breaking and entering rates was calculated using figures in the recently released Central Statistics Office national crime data for 2011.

Gardaí believe overall crime trends are down as binge drinking in public places and recreational drugs use has decreased because people have less disposable income. Gardaí believe burglaries have increased as criminals seek items that they can sell easily to make money in the recession.