THEFT and public order offences are two of the main offences recorded at Swords Garda Station -- by far the busiest station in Fingal with almost double the number of crimes reported in Balbriggan.
The Fingal capital recorded 2,543 offences in 2011, according to the figures, with theft accounting for over one third of those during that particular 12-month period. In 2003, some 758 similar offences were recorded in the region's largest population centre, which rose to 757, slightly down on the 2010 figure of 962. Some 364 public order offences were recorded in Swords in 2011 and although an increase on the 282 reported in 2003, it was a dramatic drop on the 2010 figure when some 540 public order offences were recorded.
Drugs offences were unsurprisingly up around the town, rising from 131 in 2003 to 290 last year. However, Gardai have had some success with the figure down on the 2010 figure of 313. Burglary offences have also risen over the eight-year period, rising from 215 in 2003 to 267 last year. The category of assaults, harassment and attempts/threats to murder has also risen jumping from 74 offences in 2003 to 121 last year, according to the figures. However, not all categories recorded an increase with criminal damage to property dropping from 475 in 2003 to 332 last year.