See Cities With The Most Burglaries - Yahoo! Finance New York City reported 18,000 burglaries in 2011. Its population is double Ireland's: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/census/popcur.shtml . CSO reported 28,000 burglaries in 2011 for Ireland.http://www.cso.ie/Quicktables/GetQui...lProduct=DB_CJ In my opinion, Ireland's higher burglary rate could be explained mostly by lenient short sentencing of professional burglars,probably drug addicts. Minor factors could be higher reporting of crime by Irish crime victims and Americans' dislike of second hand consumer goods.
What to do? Legalising the consumption of drugs as in Portugal's apparently successful legalisation would be difficult for Ireland's conservative society to accept. But it would remove the need for our small army of addicts to burgle for a fix. Building more prisons is the obvious alternative. However,high wage costs of prison guards and inefficiencies of prison administration have driven the cost of imprisonment to around €150,000 a year per prisoner,an unacceptably high figure. Maybe the government should just give addicts €100,000 a year each to buy drugs to save the cost of processing them through the courts and imprisoning them!