Today I strongly supported the new Burglary Act, which will help keep repeat burglars off the streets of Dublin West and improve the safety of our community.
Yesterday the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, announced that the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015 has come into operation. This important new act targets repeat burglars and means from today any who come before the courts face being denied bail.
The problem of repeat burglaries is an issue for many people in Dublin West and one that I’ve been seeking to highlight for some time. Statistics provided by the Garda Síochána show that 75% of burglaries are committed by 25% of burglaries. This important Act allows for bail to be denied, and consecutive sentences to be given, to repeat burglars. It’s my hope that the act will reduce crime rates and will be a key weapon in the battle against crime.
I am confident that targeting repeat offenders has the potential to significantly reduce the number of burglaries being committed here in Dublin West. Home is the place where we should all feel most safe and secure. This is why Minister Fitzgerald is targeting those who commit burglaries. This Bill will help to keep repeat burglars off the streets and to improve the safety of our communities.
The new Burglary Act also provides an important additional layer of support to Gardaí in implementing Operation Thor. These new provisions for tougher sentences and stricter bail for repeat offenders will now be available when persons charged as part of Operation Thor come before the courts. Operation Thor, which was launched in November 2015, is a multi-strand national anti-crime and anti-burglary operation. It involves a broad range of activities to tackle crime, particularly burglaries.
The economic recovery, brought about by the policies of this Government and the hard work of the Irish people, means we can now invest more in key public services,. Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going. Our plan will deliver more and better new jobs and will allow us to continue targeted investment in areas like crime prevention.