Dáil Éireann - Volume 399 - 30 May, 1990

Written Answers. - Car Vandalism.

34. Mr. Currie asked the Minister for Justice the number of cars reported stolen or broken into in each year for the past ten years; the number in each year in Dublin city and county; the estimated cost of such crime in this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Burke): The information sought, in so far as it is readily available, is set out in a tabular statement which I propose to circulate in the Official Report. It is assumed that the question is intended to include vehicles taken without the owner's consent even though this does not constitute stealing in the strict legal sense. Information in relation to the cost of the crimes in question is not readily available and could not be compiled without the expenditure of Garda time and effort to an extent that would not be warranted.

Following is the table:

Vehicles subject of Larceny and Unauthorised Taking for years 1980-89.

Year

Dublin Metropolitan Area

Country as a Whole

Number of Vehicles Subject of Larceny

Number of Vehicles Subject to Unauth- orised Takings

Total

Number of Vehicles Subject of Larceny

Number of Vehicles Subject to Unauthorised Takings

Total

1980

681

15,161

15,842

807

21,005

21,812

1981

902

16,050

16,952

1,036

21,896

22,932

1982

1,091

16,237

17,328

1,207

20,729

21,936

1983

1,377

15,071

16,448

1,531

19,484

19,637

1984

1,237

14,672

15,909

1,375

18,735

20,110

1985

1,341

11,317

12,658

1,546

14,844

16,390

1986

1,315

9,280

10,595

1,775

12,514

14,289

1987

1,168

7,257

8,425

1,523

9,955

11,478

1988

1,198

7,104

8,302

1,507

9,408

10,915

1989*

1,110

7,033

8,143

1,350

9,923

11,273

[815] Larcenies from unattended vehicles for years 1980-89.

Year

Dublin Metro- politan Area Recorded

Country as a Whole Recorded

1980

11,072

14,729

1981

13,976

18,159

1982

15,761

20,523

1983

14,999

19,434

1984

13,727

17,953

1985

11,155

15,049

1986

10,767

14,638

1987

12,092

15,749

1988

14,705

18,640

1989*

13,682

18,399

* Figures for 1989 are provisional.