Burglaries at Killiney
A Dublin Metropolitan Police man on patrol in the Capital. The publication of 1912 Crime statistics have shown a clear link between crime and access to education. Photo: National Library of Ireland, Clar 73

Burglaries at Killiney

Published: 20 June 1913

Five houses in Killiney, south Dublin were burgled this week, either late on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday morning.

Thieves used jemmies to force open windows and ransacked rooms as the owners slept upstairs.

Police believe the raiders were solely interested in cash as a significant quantity of silver plate was ignored. Amongst the houses burgled was the rectory in Killiney, the home of Rev. Horace Deane.

The burglaries come as the Dublin Metropolitan Police presented its annual report for 1912 to parliament.

This report laid bare the limited education received by those convicted of crimes. Of the 5,352 men convicted of crimes during the year, 500 could neither read nor write, while 4,742 could read only, or read and write imperfectly. By contrast only 99 could read and write well and just eleven were of ‘superior education’.

Of the 4,018 women convicted only 25 could read and write well and only 5 were of 'superior education’.

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