REPORTED crime is stable under most headings the Enniscorthy district so far this year, Garda Superintendent Liam Carolan reported at a Joint Policing Committee meeting last week.
However, there have rises in the number of burglaries and thefts, while the number of assaults is also on the rise.
And Gardaí are concerned that too many Enniscorthy motorists continue take a risk and drive while over the limit for alcohol, in defiance of the national trend towards more sober road habits.
The statistics for crime reported in the district in the year to date given by the superintendent to the joint policing committee last Monday were: Burglaries 176 (up 2 per cent on the same period last year) Thefts from shops 97 (up 3 per cent) Theft from the person 8 (up 50 per cent) Thefts from cars 66 (up 10 per cent) Other thefts 170 (down 19 per cent) Robberies 2 (down 60 per cent) Criminal damage 204 (down 11 per cent) Public order arrests 166 (down 15 per cent) Assaults 87 (up 23 per cent) Drug possession 48 (down 3 per cent) Drugs for sale or supply 6 (down 50 per cent) Cultivation of drugs 9 (up 28 per cent) Drink drive arrests 92 (up 19 per cent) Unauthorised taking of cars etc. 25 (up 2 per cent) Fatal road accidents 6 (no change)