DRUGS CONTINUE to be a major feature of crime on the streets of Swords according to the latest local crime statistics compiled by Gardaí and seen by the Fingal Independent.
The statistics cover the first 11 months of 2012 and are measured against the same period in the previous year and show a 15% rise in incidence of possession of drugs for sale or supply in the Swords and Malahide policing district. In the first 11 months of 2011 there were 59 incidents of this type of crime in the district but this rose to 68 in the same period in 2012, making the seizure of illegal drugs a more than weekly occurrence on the streets of Swords and Malahide. Although the incidents of gun crime remain relatively low in the district, this type of incident did see an upward trend in 2012. There were four incidents where a firearm was discharged, up from just one in the previous year and there were five arrests for the possession of a firearm, up from four in the same period in 2011. Burglaries have also continued to rise in the district with an 8% rise in this type of crime in Swords and Malahide recorded in the first 11 months of 2012. There was good news in the statistics too, which are provision and yet to be ratified by the Central Statistics Office. Public order offences, criminal damage and assaults causing harm all saw a welcome downward trend in 2012.