Criminals coming into Kerry from other counties is a major issue confronting the gardaí in the Kerry Division.
That’s according to Chief Superintendent Pat Sullivan who was addressing a meeting of the Kerry Joint Policing Committee.
The chief superintendent also said that the number of burglaries in the county in recent months is of major concern to the force.
Chief Superintendent Sullivan was addressing a meeting of the county’s Joint Policing Committee which is made up of Oireachtas members, councillors and representatives of the business and community sectors in the county.
He presented data on the number of crimes recorded in the first eight months of the year. The figures show an increase in property-related crime, particularly in the number of thefts and burglaries.
There was a fall in the number of traffic offences and drugs-related crimes.
Most of the incidents of crime are being recorded in Tralee, he told the meeting.
The chief superintendent said burglaries in rural areas were a major issue for the gardaí at present, many of which were being committed by criminals coming into the county.
He said the gardaí in Kerry had lost 87 members through retirements since 2009 but that 13 additional gardaí had been assigned to Tralee recently.
The Joint Policing Committee has begun work on a strategic plan for the county for the next six years.