House in Cullen broken into

Yesterday a house in Cullen was broken into, during the daytime. The family came home from work to it, and they are obviously very upset by the whole thing. Money and personal belongings were taken.

Please be vigilant. Anything suspicious to report to the Guards (Millstreet Gardaí: 029-70002). I hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else. Please spread the word.

with thanks to Geraldine for sending this to us

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Recorded Crime in the Millstreet Area

Here are the latest Recorded Crime Offences by Garda Station, Type of Offence and Year as published recently by the Centreal Statistics Office:
Millstreet, Co. Cork, Cork West Division

Year ’03 ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12 ’13
Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences 14 2 8 13 14 5 15 18 19 18 17
Dangerous or negligent acts 9 7 4 13 16 5 8 9 10 8 9
Kidnapping and related offences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Burglary and related offences 11 5 17 6 5 5 8 8 14 8 8
Theft and related offences 25 32 21 24 25 23 31 23 38 19 33
Fraud, deception and related offences 4 0 8 4 2 0 1 2 1 2 1
Controlled drug offences 32 3 222 18 7 5 5 3 14 13 9
Weapons and Explosives Offences 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 2 1 0 1
Damage to property and to the environment 11 10 13 21 17 23 29 11 15 22 19
Public order and other social code offences 29 13 31 41 26 27 33 32 20 34 30
Offences against government, justice procedures and organisation of crime 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 2

Crime on the Increase

Patricia Messenger
Patricia Messenger from C103FM

Garda John Crowley from the Millstreet Station was on Patricia Messenger’s radio show on C103FM this morning, warning of an increase in crime in the general area of west/north west Cork county. Most notable were:

  • Distraction crime: where a group of people enter a shop and distract the owner, while one of the group steal something either in the shop or enter the office / store and take money / goods from there. Money, cigarettes and alcohol are their favourite targets. He advised to lock all back rooms when not in use.
  • As oil prices rise again, some are reverting to stealing home heating oil from homes and diesel from farms. Sometimes it’s just a jerry can, other times it’s the full delivery. Advise is to lock them and make the job as difficult as possible for anyone thinking of stealing your fuel.
  • Finally, outhouses are becoming a target too, so lock away anything worth stealing and be careful that anyone visiting the house / yard doesn’t get a good look around to see what would be worth stealing during the day or in the dead of the night. And if you are suspicious, of someone in the yard, write down the car/van registration for later use, so that your “visitors” can be tracked down at a later date.

So be careful and keep your things safely locked away.