Westmeath Burglaries Nearly Double In Q1

That was among the findings of the county's JPC meeting yesterday.

The number of burglaries in Westmeath has nearly doubled compared to this time last year.

Members of the Joint Policing Committee heard the number of burglaries in the county has jumped from 42 to 81.

Chief Superintendent David Nolan also says the number of burglaries, thefts and robberies are up when compared to 2023.

Property crimes increased from 440 to 499, representing a jump of over a third in Mullingar, and two percent in Athlone.

There have been nine robberies so far in the county - eight of which have led to arrests and charges.

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