Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (191)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

191. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which the statistics show fluctuation in the levels of various crimes reported in County Kildare in each of the past five years to date; if any particular action is planned to address any issues arising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21070/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. I have requested the CSO to provide relevant statistics directly to the Deputy. In relation to actions to address the incidence of crime locally, and any issues arising, I am advised by the Garda authorities that local Garda Management closely monitors patrols, and other operational strategies in place, in conjunction with crime trends and the policing needs of local communities to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources, and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.